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Moscow says 50 Ukrainian drones shot down as assaults spark fires at Russian energy stations

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A handout image launched by the Russian Defence Ministry exhibits an indication flight of army drones at a coaching vary within the Moscow army district, in Russia, image launched April 20, 2024.
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Ukraine launched a barrage of drones throughout Russia in a single day, the Defence Ministry in Moscow mentioned Saturday, in assaults that appeared to focus on the nation’s power infrastructure.

Fifty drones have been shot down by air defences over eight Russian areas, together with 26 over the nation’s western Belgorod area near the Ukrainian border.

Two individuals — a lady with a damaged leg and the person caring for her — died throughout the barrage, after explosions sparked a blaze that set their dwelling alight, Belgorod Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on social media.

Drones have been additionally reportedly destroyed over the Bryansk, Kursk, Tula, Smolensk, Ryazan, Kaluga areas throughout Russia’s west and south, in addition to within the Moscow area.

Ukrainian officers usually decline to remark about assaults on Russian soil. However, lots of the drone strikes seemed to be directed towards Russia’s power infrastructure.

The head of the Kaluga area, Vladislav Shapsha, mentioned Saturday {that a} drone strike had sparked a blaze at {an electrical} substation, whereas Bryansk Gov. Alexander Bogomaz and Smolensk Gov. Vasily Anokhin additionally reported fires at gas and power complexes.

In current months, Russian refineries and oil terminals have turn out to be precedence targets of Ukrainian drone assaults, a part of stepped-up assaults on Russian territory.

Ukrainian drone builders have been extending the weapons’ vary for months, as Kyiv makes an attempt to compensate for its battlefield drawback in weapons and troops.

The unmanned aerial autos are additionally an reasonably priced possibility whereas Ukraine waits for extra U.S. army help.

Moscow additionally mentioned Friday night that an American citizen recognized to have fought with Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine between 2014 and 2017 had died within the Russian-occupied Donetsk area.

Russell Bentley, 64, was now not concerned in army operations and beforehand labored for state-owned Russian information company Sputnik. His loss of life was confirmed by his former battalion and by Margarita Simonyan, head of the state-funded tv channel RT, who described him as “a real American.”

He used the call-sign “Texas” and had hung out in jail on expenses of drug smuggling earlier than leaving the United States.

No data has been launched as to the reason for Bentley’s loss of life, however native police had beforehand reported the American as lacking on April 8.

Meanwhile, Russia attacked Ukraine in a single day with seven missiles, and air defences downed two missiles and three reconnaissance drones, the Ukrainian air pressure mentioned Saturday.

Gov. Oleh Kiper, head of Ukraine’s Odesa area, mentioned that ballistic missiles had broken infrastructure in a single day, however didn’t present additional particulars.

Previous assaults on the Black Sea metropolis on Friday broken port infrastructure, together with two meals export terminals, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned.

Russian shelling additionally killed a 50-year-old man within the metropolis of Vovchansk, mentioned Gov. Oleh Syniehubov, head of Ukraine’s Kharkiv area.

A 60-year-old girl was additionally injured after shelling struck a nine-story condominium block, he mentioned.

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