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Russia conducts first drone strike on Kyiv in 12 days, but all attempts thwarted

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Ukraine-Russia conflict

After a period of relative calm, Russia launched a drone attack on the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, early on Sunday, according to officials. This marked the first drone strike in the war after a 12-day hiatus.

All the Shahed exploding drones, which were of Iranian origin, were successfully detected and shot down, as confirmed by Serhii Popko, the head of the Kyiv city administration. The attack not only targeted the city itself but also the surrounding Kyiv region. Ruslan Kravchenko, the governor of the Kyiv region, reported that one person sustained injuries from falling debris caused by a destroyed drone.

Officials in Kyiv did not disclose the exact number of drones used in the attack on the city. However, the Ukrainian air force revealed that a total of eight Shaheds and three Kalibr cruise missiles were launched by the Russian forces across the country.

In other news, the ongoing Russian attacks in Ukraine resulted in the loss of three lives and injuries to 17 individuals. Spain emphasized the European support extended to Kyiv amidst the crisis. The head of the UN atomic watchdog paid a visit to a Ukrainian nuclear plant that faced a threat due to the war with Russia. Additionally, Ukraine experienced flooding, leaving hundreds stranded and thousands without access to drinking water due to a dam break. Furthermore, inspections conducted in Ukraine revealed that nearly a quarter of the air-raid shelters were locked or unusable.

Further south, a 13-year-old boy sustained injuries from shelling in Ukraine’s partially occupied southern Kherson province. Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian administration of the province, stated that the child was wounded when the Russian army shelled the village of Mylove along the banks of the Dnieper River in the Beryslav district. The injured child was promptly hospitalized, and his life is not in danger, as confirmed by Tolokonnikov on state TV.

The shelling of Kherson province persisted on Sunday morning, causing injuries to four individuals in the regional capital, also named Kherson. The regional prosecutor’s office reported that the residential area of the city was targeted by Russian troops operating in the Russia-occupied part of Kherson province.

Meanwhile, the most intense fighting continued in Ukraine’s industrial east, with Bakhmut, Marinka, and Lyman in the Donetsk province witnessing 46 combat clashes. Serhii Cherevaty, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Eastern Group of Forces, stated that Ukrainian forces were making advances amid a “massive offensive” on the southern and northern flanks of the ravaged city of Bakhmut. However, Cherevaty did not disclose the extent of progress made, as the situation is still being analyzed and positions are being consolidated.

According to the General Staff’s regular update on Sunday morning, Russia conducted 27 airstrikes, one missile strike, and approximately 80 attacks from multiple rocket launchers within the previous 24 hours. The attacks targeted regions in the north, northeast, east, and south of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the Black Sea port city of Odesa on Sunday, coinciding with the country’s navy commemoration day. During his visit, Zelenskyy received a report from the navy commander, discussed prospects for developing a naval drone and missile program, and presented awards to service members.

In Russia, local officials reported that air defense systems successfully shot down a drone over the Belgorod region, which shares a border with Ukraine. The neighboring Kursk region also experienced shelling attacks, but no casualties or damage were reported.

Despite the recent rebellion led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner private military company, Russian authorities remained defiant. Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma, stated on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged from the situation with strengthened positions both domestically and internationally. Volodin praised Russian society for its maturity and claimed there was no support for the rebellion.

However, there were reports of the detainment of General Sergei Surovikin, the deputy commander of the Russian group of forces fighting in Ukraine, a few days after the mutiny. It remains unclear whether Surovikin, who has longstanding connections to Prigozhin, is facing charges or where he is being held.

Volodin, writing on Telegram, emphasized that Putin took measures to prevent bloodshed and confusion by explaining the reality to Wagner fighters. He stated that Putin suggested those who wished to defend Russia continue their service with weapons in their hands, and many of them agreed to this proposal.

Additionally, Volodin claimed that if a leader like Putin had been in charge in 1917 and 1991, there would not have been a revolution in Russia, and the USSR would not have collapsed. However, independent observers and analysts believe that Putin’s handling of the situation, initially promising severe repercussions for Wagner and later allowing them to go unpunished, may weaken his political standing. Prigozhin himself was permitted to leave Russia for Belarus.

In response to the relocation of Wagner fighters to Belarus, the Polish Interior Minister, Mariusz Kaminski, announced that Poland would deploy 500 police officers to join the 5,000 border guards and 2,000 soldiers already stationed on the country’s border with Belarus, reinforcing their defenses.

For the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine war, visit https://bigbignews.net/russia-ukraine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukraine-Russia conflict

Q: What was the outcome of Russia’s drone strike on Kyiv?

A: The drone strike launched by Russia on Kyiv was unsuccessful, as all of the drones used were detected and shot down.

Q: How long was the period of relative calm before the drone attack?

A: The drone attack on Kyiv marked the end of a 12-day period of relative calm in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Q: Were there any casualties or injuries reported from the drone attack?

A: While the drones were successfully shot down, one person in Kyiv was injured by falling debris from a destroyed drone.

Q: How many drones were used in the attack on Kyiv?

A: The exact number of drones used in the attack on Kyiv was not provided by officials, but across the country, a total of eight Shahed drones and three Kalibr cruise missiles were launched by Russian forces.

Q: What other developments occurred in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?

A: Apart from the drone attack, other developments included ongoing fighting in Ukraine’s industrial east, flooding from a dam break in Ukraine, shelling attacks in the Kherson province, and the detention of General Sergei Surovikin following the Wagner rebellion.

Q: Did Russian President Putin face any repercussions for the Wagner rebellion?

A: There were reports of the detainment of General Sergei Surovikin, but it remains unclear whether he faces charges or where he is being held. However, Putin emerged from the situation with strengthened positions domestically and internationally, according to Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma.

Q: How did Poland respond to the situation in Ukraine?

A: Poland announced the deployment of additional police officers, border guards, and soldiers to strengthen their defenses on the border with Belarus due to the relocation of Wagner fighters to Belarus.

Q: Where can I find more updates on the Russia-Ukraine war?

A: For the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine war, you can visit the website https://bigbignews.net/russia-ukraine.

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16 comments

curiousmind22 July 3, 2023 - 4:12 am

whoa, the Wagner situation is complicated. unclear where that general is held. suspense!

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cyberHacker July 3, 2023 - 7:24 am

russians using drones, but no casualties. kyiv’s defenses r strong, huh?

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peace4all July 3, 2023 - 12:02 pm

putin’s position gets stronger after the rebellion? ugh, that’s concerning.

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freedomfighter88 July 3, 2023 - 1:12 pm

poland increasing border security, good move. gotta protect against any threats.

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warrior4peace July 3, 2023 - 2:40 pm

omg, this attack comes after 12 days of calm? so unpredictable! hope everyone okay.

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Jane12 July 3, 2023 - 6:45 pm

wow russia strikes kyiv again, but all drones shot down! glad ppl safe, tho.

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newsjunkie123 July 3, 2023 - 7:40 pm

heard about the flooding and shelling too. ukraine facing so much 🙁 stay strong!

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currenteventsnerd July 4, 2023 - 3:14 am

thanks for the reference links. gonna read more about the conflict.

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curiousmind22 July 6, 2023 - 5:04 pm

whoa, the Wagner situation is complicated. unclear where that general is held. suspense!

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currenteventsnerd July 6, 2023 - 5:50 pm

thanks for the reference links. gonna read more about the conflict.

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freedomfighter88 July 6, 2023 - 7:53 pm

poland increasing border security, good move. gotta protect against any threats.

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cyberHacker July 6, 2023 - 8:47 pm

russians using drones, but no casualties. kyiv’s defenses r strong, huh?

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newsjunkie123 July 6, 2023 - 11:24 pm

heard about the flooding and shelling too. ukraine facing so much 🙁 stay strong!

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warrior4peace July 7, 2023 - 9:37 am

omg, this attack comes after 12 days of calm? so unpredictable! hope everyone okay.

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Jane12 July 7, 2023 - 10:40 am

wow russia strikes kyiv again, but all drones shot down! glad ppl safe, tho.

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peace4all July 7, 2023 - 11:13 am

putin’s position gets stronger after the rebellion? ugh, that’s concerning.

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