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For the second night in a row, Russia and Ukraine traded missile and drone attacks from the air on cities, causing suffering and destruction to civilians.
Kiev reported an injured woman in Odessa after a missile and drone attack on the Black Sea city. Port infrastructure was damaged.
A fire started in the city center after a tall building was hit, but the fire was quickly extinguished, Oleh Kiper, the governor of the Odesa region, reported in Telegram.
The Ukrainian Air Force reported that they shot down 22 Russian drones and 11 missiles overnight.
The Russian Defense Ministry said early Monday that four Ukrainian drones had been shot down over the northern Black Sea. The aircraft were aimed at the annexed Crimean peninsula, writes “Reuters”.
To the north, in Russia’s Kursk region bordering Ukraine, a drone attack damaged private homes and an administrative building. The governor of the region, Roman Starovoit, said that it was carried out by Kiev.
In the Belgorod region, the governor announced two downed Ukrainian drones.
Monday’s overnight attacks follow parallel attacks on Sunday that saw Moscow’s Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports shut down on Sunday after air defenses ordered the skies cleared to shoot down drones in the Tula region bordering Moscow .
A Ukrainian drone struck an administrative building in the center of a Russian city
The Ministry of Regional Security reported that there was no damage or injuries, but air traffic was limited and an unspecified number of flights had to be diverted to other airports.
An airstrike on the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson injured at least five people and caused extensive damage to buildings on Sunday, Reuters reported.
At least two people were killed and eight wounded after Russian shelling hit the city, which Kiev and Moscow share control of.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, who recently returned from a visit to the United States and Canada, praised Ukrainian forces for the successes of the counteroffensive, now in its third month.
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Kherson Governor Alexander Prodkudin, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said shelling from the Russian-controlled east bank of the Dnieper River had hit private homes in Berislav, on the Ukrainian-controlled west bank. A man was killed in the nearby village of Lviv.
The Russian military abandoned positions on the west bank of the river and in the city of Kherson late last year.
The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said the country’s forces repelled Russian attacks on two villages near Bakhmut, where Kiev is trying to regain land lost after the city fell to Moscow forces in May.