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Russia Says Repelled Ukrainian Offensive in Zaporizhzhia Region

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Russia said Thursday it had repelled an offensive by Ukrainian forces involving 1,500 soldiers in the southern Zaporizhzhia region after a two-hour battle. online news

“Today at 1:30 am (2230 GMT) in the Zaporizhzhia area… there was an attempt to break through our defences,” Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

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“The enemy was stopped and retreated after heavy losses,” Shoigu said, adding that the Ukrainian forces had used 150 armoured vehicles in their offensive.

Already this week, Russia has said it has repelled several assaults by Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian officials have said their forces were ready for a long-expected counteroffensive but that there would be no formal announcement when it begins.

“Plans like silence,” said Deputy Minister of Ukraine Ganna Malyar said. “The offensive will not begin on social media.”


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Ukraine Says Nine Injured in Russian Shelling of Flood-Hit Kherson

Ukraine said Thursday that nine people were injured in Russian shelling in Kherson region as it deals with massive flooding from the destruction of a dam in Russian-held territory.

“As a result of shelling in the Kherson region, where evacuation measures are taking place, nine people were injured,” Ukraine’s interior ministry said, adding there were “no dead”.

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A woman is brought to shore by rescue workers in Kherson, Ukraine a day after the bursting of the Kakhovka Dam along the Dnipro River flooded communities on both banks of the river south of the dam. Massive flooding has occurred in villages along the Dnipro River as a result of the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam, inundating communities along the river in the south, and dropping water levels dangerously low for communities in the north. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

It said those wounded were six civilians, one police officer and two employees of the State Emergency Service.

Regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin said a doctor and a German volunteer were among the injured.

The regional prosecutor’s office had earlier reported one person killed.

Ukraine took back the regional capital of Kherson in November, but the city remains within reach of Russian fire.

In a nearby village, “four locals were injured by shelling”, the prosecutor’s office said.

Russia accused Ukraine of killing two people at an evacuation point in a Russian-controlled part of the region.


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