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Russia downs 20 drones over Crimea following a spate of attacks on Moscow

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KYIV, Aug 12 (AP): Russia thwarted an attack by 20 Ukrainian drones targeting Moscow-annexed
Crimea overnight, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
Fourteen drones were shot down by Russian air defenses and a further six were jammed
electronically, the ministry said in a Telegram post. No casualties or damage were reported.
Kyiv officials neither confirmed nor denied Ukraine’s involvement in the attacks.
The overnight attacks followed three consecutive days of drone attacks on the Russian capital,
Moscow. Firing drones at Russia, after more than 17 months of war, has little apparent military value
for Ukraine but the strategy has served to unsettle Russians and bring home to them the conflict’s
consequences.
Drone attacks have increased in recent weeks both on Moscow and on Crimea, which Russia
annexed from Ukraine in 2014 — a move that most of the world considered illegal.
Elsewhere, Russia claimed Saturday it had regained control of the village of Urozhaine in Ukraine’s
easternmost Luhansk region in an overnight counterattack.
A 73-year-old woman was killed early Saturday morning in Russian shelling of Ukraine’s northeastern
Kharkiv region, according to regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov.
Ukrainian internal affairs minister Ihor Klymenko said a police officer was killed and 12 people
wounded when a guided Russian aerial bomb hit the city of Orikhiv in Ukraine’s partially occupied
southern Zaporizhzhia region. Four of the wounded were also police officers, he said.
Local officials said explosions rang out Saturday morning in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih,
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown, but that there were no known casualties.
On Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, the city of Odesa opened several beaches for the first time since Russia
launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022.
Odesa Gov. Oleh Kiper said that six beaches were open, but he stressed that accessing beaches
during air raid alerts was forbidden.
The strategic port and key hub for exporting grain has been subject to repeated missile and drone
attacks — particularly since Moscow canceled a landmark grain deal last month amid Kyiv’s grinding
efforts to retake its occupied territories — while Russian mines have regularly washed up on the
city’s beaches.

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