September 23, 2023

By SUSIE BLANN (Related Press)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia stated Saturday its forces destroyed three Ukrainian naval drones being utilized in an try and assault a key bridge linking Russia to the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula, forcing its short-term closure for a 3rd time in lower than a yr.

One naval drone was destroyed late Friday and two others early Saturday morning, in response to Russia’s Protection Ministry. There was no instant remark from Ukrainian officers.

The Kerch bridge, which is a key provide route for Kremlin forces in Russia’s battle with Ukraine, has come underneath repeated assault since Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

An explosion in October, which Russian authorities stated was attributable to a truck bomb, left three folks lifeless. An extra assault on the bridge in July, killing a pair and severely wounding their daughter, left a span of the roadway hanging perilously.

The bridge connecting Crimea and Russia carries heavy significance for Moscow, each logistically and psychologically, as a key artery for army and civilian provides and as an assertion of Kremlin management of the peninsula it annexed in 2014.

On Saturday afternoon, one civilian was killed and two wounded throughout shelling of Russia’s Belgorod area bordering Ukraine, Belgorod Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov stated. Two Ukrainian drones attacked the area’s Valuysky district, inflicting minor harm to a personal residence and automobile, whereas one other drone was intercepted by Russian air protection within the Grayvoronsky district.

A lady was additionally wounded Saturday throughout shelling of a village within the neighboring Kursk area, additionally bordering Ukraine, regional Gov. Roman Starovoit stated. He blamed Ukraine for the shelling.

Ukrainian authorities, which typically keep away from commenting on assaults on Russian soil, didn’t say whether or not they launched the assaults. Drone strikes and shelling on the Russian border areas are a daily incidence.

In the meantime, 4 folks have been wounded within the Ukrainian shelling of the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Donetsk, Moscow-installed mayor Aleksei Kulemzin stated Saturday. Donetsk is the regional capital of the jap Ukrainian province of the identical identify, which was among the many 4 Ukrainian provinces illegally annexed by Russia in September. The town got here underneath the management of Russia-backed separatists in 2014.

The Ukrainian army stated in a daily replace Saturday that over the earlier 24 hours, Russia had launched 4 missile strikes and 39 airstrikes, along with 42 assaults from a number of rocket launchers.

One individual was killed and two have been wounded throughout shelling of Ukraine’s southern Kherson area on Saturday, in response to Gov. Oleh Prokudin. Farther north, a 32-year-old police investigator was killed and two different folks have been wounded when shells hit the city of Seredyna-Buda within the northeastern Sumy area.

4 folks have been wounded throughout artillery shelling and drone assaults within the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk area, in response to regional Gov. Serhii Lysak. Elsewhere within the province, Kryvyi Rih Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul stated the anti-aircraft protection within the central Ukrainian metropolis, which is President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown, had efficiently thwarted a strike, with out specifying the character of the assault.

A missile hit an house on the primary ground of a multi-story constructing within the jap metropolis of Kramatorsk however there have been no casualties, Donetsk regional Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko stated.

U.Ok. army officers stated Saturday that Russia dangers splitting its forces in an try to stop a Ukrainian breakthrough in Ukraine’s south. In response to British intelligence, Ukrainian forces continued to take offensive motion on the Orikhiv axis in southern Ukraine, with models reaching the primary Russian major line of defense.

Zelenskyy stated Saturday that Ukrainian forces have been “on the transfer,” after Ukrainian Deputy Protection Minister Hanna Maliar introduced Friday that Kyiv’s troops have been advancing within the Zaporizhzhia area.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Turkish chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks subsequent week, the Kremlin introduced Friday, simply over six weeks after Moscow broke off a deal brokered by Ankara and the U.N. that allowed Ukrainian grain to achieve world markets safely regardless of the 18-month battle.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Putin and Erdogan would meet Monday in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.


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