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Russia launches first drone strike on Kyiv in 12 days, all shot down

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By Associated Press: After a relative lull, Russia launched a drone assault early Sunday on Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, officers stated. It was the primary such assault of the battle in 12 days.

All of the Iranian-made Shahed exploding drones had been detected and shot down, in keeping with Serhii Popko, the top of the Kyiv metropolis administration. In addition to the town itself, the encompassing Kyiv area was focused. Kyiv regional Gov. Ruslan Kravchenko reported that one individual was wounded by falling particles from a destroyed drone.

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Officials within the Ukrainian capital didn’t present a precise variety of drones that attacked the town. But Ukraine’s air pressure stated that throughout the nation, eight Shaheds and three Kalibr cruise missiles had been launched by the Russians.

Further south, a 13-year-old boy was wounded in in a single day shelling of Ukraine’s partially occupied southern Kherson province, stated Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, spokesman for the Ukrainian administration of the province.

The little one was wounded when the Russian military shelled the village of Mylove on the banks of the Dnieper River within the Beryslav district, Tolokonnikov stated.

“The child was hospitalized, there is no threat to his life,” Tolokonnikov added,” he stated on state TV.

Shelling of Kherson province continued Sunday morning, wounding 4 folks within the regional capital, additionally known as Kherson. The regional prosecutor’s workplace stated {that a} residential space of the town was focused by Russian troops working within the Russia-occupied a part of the Kherson province. “

“At least four citizens were wounded, two of them due to a targeted strike on a high-rise building,” the workplace wrote on Telegram.

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Meanwhile, Ukraine’s navy reported that probably the most intense combating continued in Ukraine’s industrial east, with assaults targeted round Bakhmut, Marinka and Lyman within the nation’s Donetsk province, the place 46 fight clashes occurred.

Ukrainian forces had been advancing amid a “massive offensive” on the southern and northern flanks of the destroyed metropolis of Bakhmut, Ukraine’s Eastern Group of Forces spokesman Serhii Cherevaty instructed Ukrainian state tv. But he didn’t point out how a lot progress they made.

The particulars, he stated, can be disclosed as soon as Ukrainian forces had analyzed the state of affairs and consolidated their positions.

In its common replace Sunday morning, the General Staff stated that over the earlier 24 hours, Russia had carried out 27 airstrikes, one missile strike and round 80 assaults from a number of rocket launchers, concentrating on areas within the north, northeast, east and south of the nation.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the Black Sea port metropolis of Odesa on Sunday — the day the nation honours its navy — to listen to a report from the navy commander, talk about prospects for the event of a naval drone and missile program, in addition to current awards to service members.

In Russia, native officers reported that air defence techniques shot down a drone over the Belgorod area, which borders Ukraine, whereas the neighbouring Kursk area confronted shelling assaults. No casualties or harm had been reported.

Following the drama of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s revolt final week, Russian authorities remained defiant. Vyacheslav Volodin, a speaker of Russia’s decrease home of parliament, the State Duma, stated Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin got here out of this example “having strengthened his position even more both in the country and in the world.”

Russian society, he stated, “having passed this test, has shown its maturity.” According to Volodin, there was “not a single example of someone supporting the rebellion.”

But Gen. Sergei Surovikin, the deputy commander of the Russian group of forces combating in Ukraine, was believed to have been detained days after the mutiny. It’s not clear whether or not Surovikin, who has longtime hyperlinks to Prigozhin, faces any expenses or the place he’s being held, reflecting the opaque world of the Kremlin’s politics and uncertainty after the revolt.

Writing on Telegram, Volodin stated that the Russian president “did everything to prevent bloodshed and confusion,” together with explaining to Wagner fighters “the real state of affairs.” “(Putin) suggested that those who want to defend Russia continue their service with weapons in their hands. As far as I know, many of them agreed with this,” Volodin stated.

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In addition, the speaker of the State Duma stated that he had analyzed the “challenges” Russia confronted previously, affirming that if “someone like Putin” had been main the nation in 1917 and 1991, there wouldn’t have been a revolution in Russia, and the USSR wouldn’t have collapsed.

But unbiased observers and analysts say that Putin could come out politically weakened after first saying that Wagner would face harsh repercussions, solely to later say that the group’s forces wouldn’t face prosecution. Prigozhin was additionally allowed to go away Russia for Belarus.

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski stated Sunday that Poland would ship 500 cops to affix 5,000 border guards and a pair of,000 troopers already on the nation’s border with Belarus. It follows an announcement earlier this week that Poland would strengthen defences on its jap border after the relocation of Wagner fighters to Belarus.

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