Destroyed building in the Cherkasy region
State Emergency Service of Ukraine / REUTERS
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Ukraine reports Russian airstrike with drones and cruise missiles
09.00 a.m.: According to the authorities, Ukraine was also attacked by Russia from the air last night. Four of six cruise missiles were shot down, according to the military. In addition, ten out of 16 drones were intercepted. The attack lasted about six hours.
The Interior Ministry says one person was killed in the Zhytomyr region, three others were injured. In addition, four buildings were destroyed by falling debris. In the city of Uman in the central Ukrainian region of Cherkasy, two missiles hit an industrial object and a car wash, according to authorities. Eight people were injured, two of them seriously, it said.
In the Dnipropetrovsk region, debris from downed drones and missiles damaged two apartment buildings, a gas pipeline and a car, according to the military governor of the region, Serhiy Lysak.
Ukraine condemns Russian attacks during evacuation
08.50 a.m.: Ukraine has condemned Russian attacks during relief efforts for the flood-hit city of Kherson. "We strongly condemn the bombing of the evacuation zones," Ukraine's ambassador to the UN, Serhiy Kyslytsia, said in New York on Thursday. He called on the Russian authorities to stop the attacks and allow "full, safe and unhindered" access for aid shipments after the partial destruction of the Kakhovka Dam.
Military analyst: Dam burst changes little
08.25 a.m.: According to a military analyst from Zurich, the destruction of the Kakhovka dam is unlikely to have much direct impact on the military course of Russia's war against Ukraine. The dam is located on the Dnipro River, which forms the front line in the Kherson region in the region in the south of Ukraine. "It is rather unlikely that Ukraine had planned a crossing of the Dnipro as an important offensive axis," said Niklas Masuhr, a researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the University of ETH in Zurich, the dpa news agency.
This is related to the high risks of such a crossing operation against prepared Russian forces, Masuhr said. "So, in the narrower military sense, it's not obvious how the dam bursting could push the war in one direction or the other in the short term." The focus of the announced Ukrainian counteroffensives is more likely to come from the north in Zaporizhzhia and in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
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