Russian drones attack Kyiv again

(Reuters) – Russian drones attacked the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Thursday night, the fourth attack in as many days that has left residents open to gunfire and explosions.

* Ukraine’s military command said in its Friday morning report that 18 out of 24 drones launched by Russian forces had been shot down. The Russian military was said to have launched 10 rocket attacks on the cities of Kramatorsk and Zaporizhia, and also carried out 75 airstrikes and dozens of rocket attacks.

* Russia said the United States was behind an alleged drone strike on the Kremlin aimed at killing President Putin on Wednesday night.

* The United States dismissed Russia’s claims as lies. Ukraine also denied involvement.

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* Nearly 50 Russian attacks have been repelled along the main sectors of the front line in eastern and southern Ukraine, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Thursday evening. The heaviest fighting is still in Bakhmut and in Maryinka, further south in the Donetsk region, it said.

* Reuters could not verify the Battlefield accounts.

* Record high water levels could inundate a major dam in southern Ukraine and damage parts of the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, a Russian official told the TASS news agency.

* Technical personnel from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations will meet on Friday to discuss a deal that would allow Ukrainian grain to be exported on the Black Sea, Turkey’s defense minister said.

* The US Ambassador to the United Nations, on a visit to Brazil, said she encouraged the government to involve Ukraine in any attempt to negotiate an end to the war. She was referring to President Lula da Silva’s comments calling on the West to stop arming Ukraine to allow peace talks to begin.

* Putin must be brought to justice for his war in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said in The Hague, calling for the creation of a war crimes tribunal separate from the International Criminal Court.

* “I don’t think they got into the Kremlin… Our Putin is super. Nothing ever threatens him” – Zifa from Moscow.

* “We all want to see another Vladimir here in The Hague, the one who deserves to be sanctioned for his criminal actions here in the capital of international law” – Zelenskyj

* ANALYSIS – Kremlin incident gives Putin cover to deepen war

* COLUMN-Global munitions race could decide war in Ukraine

* Liberated Villages offer a glimpse into Ukraine’s precarious healthcare system.

(Compiled by Reuters editors)

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