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At least five individuals lose their lives in a series of Russian attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv; Russia mistakenly bombs its own city

According to Ukrainian officials, Russian missile and drone strikes on Kyiv and the north-eastern city of Kharkiv caused the death of at least five people on Tuesday, leaving dozens of others injured. These attacks resulted in extensive damage and disrupted power supplies, as reported by Ukrainian authorities.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, mentioned that gas pipelines were damaged in Kyiv’s Pecherskyi district, while several districts of the capital experienced electricity and water outages. Similarly, Kharkiv’s mayor, Ihor Terekhov, stated that heating and water supplies were also affected in their city.

Russia has reported accidentally bombing a village in its own southern Voronezh region, close to the Ukrainian border. As per a statement quoted by Russian news agencies, the Russian army expressed that “an abnormal discharge of aircraft ammunition occurred over the village of Petropavlovka in the Voronezh region, with no casualties.”

Turkey has announced that it will not allow two British minehunter ships to pass through its waters on their way to the Black Sea for Ukraine’s use. Turkey is enforcing an international agreement that enables it to block the passage of military ships from warring parties through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits. However, naval ships returning to their home bases are exempt from this restriction.

The Russian defense ministry and regional officials claim that one person was killed and seven others were injured in a Ukrainian attack on the city and region of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has urged for quicker provision of air defense systems, combat drones, and long-range missiles. Kuleba’s ministry has stated that he called upon Ukraine’s western allies to respond to the new Russian strike on Ukraine by “expediting the supply of additional air defense systems, combat drones of all kinds, and long-range missiles with a range of 300+ km.”

Furthermore, Lithuania’s president, Gitanas Nausėda, and Latvia’s president, Edgars Rinkēvičs, have also advocated for an increase in air defense systems for Ukraine.

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