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Russia has accused Ukraine of damaging a nuclear waste storage facility in a drone strike on the Kursk nuclear energy plant and mentioned its air defenses shot down a complete of eight Ukrainian drones

ByThe Related Press

October 28, 2023, 10:36 AM

Mates mild torches on the burial of Ukrainian soldier Oleksandr Hrianyk in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. Hrianyk died in battle in Could 2022 within the metropolis of Mariupol, however was solely cremated just lately after his stays have been discovered and recognized. (AP Photograph/Bram Janssen)

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russia accused Ukraine on Saturday of damaging a nuclear waste storage facility in a drone strike on the Kursk nuclear energy plant whereas combating raged on for the management of the important thing japanese metropolis of Avdiivika, the place Russians apparently suffered heavy losses.

The Russian International Ministry mentioned that three drones armed with explosives focused the ability plant on Thursday night. 26, hitting each the station’s administration constructing and a warehouse storing nuclear waste.

The press service for the Kursk nuclear energy plant confirmed the strike on Friday, however advised journalists that there had been no important injury or casualties and that operations have been persevering with as regular.

Russia’s Defence Ministry mentioned that the nation’s air defences shot down six Ukrainian drones within the early hours of Saturday, together with 4 within the western Oryol area, and two extra over the Tula area, south of Moscow.

Ukraine’s air drive reported 4 Iskander cruise missiles over the nation’s Dnipropetrovsk area Saturday evening, three of which have been destroyed.

The obvious lull in aerial assaults at the beginning of the weekend follows a number of weeks of intense combating near the important thing metropolis of Avdiivka, which lies within the Donetsk area of japanese Ukraine.

Ukrainian Protection Minister Rustem Umerov advised his U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin on Saturday that Russia had misplaced roughly 4,000 troops in Avdiivka, based on Kyiv’s Ministry of Protection.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky additionally mentioned Friday that Russia had misplaced at the least a brigade making an attempt to seize the embattled metropolis, whose location gives Ukrainian forces with artillery benefits over the town of Donetsk and will function a launch pad for them to liberate the remainder of the area.

Weeks of bitter combating within the area have been pricey, principally for the Russian attackers, analysts say.

The bid to overrun Avdiivka has backfired on the Kremlin’s forces, robbing it of troops and heavy gear that “will probably undermine Russian offensive capabilities over the long run,” the Institute for the Research of Battle mentioned.

Satellite tv for pc photographs present the Russian navy misplaced at the least 109 navy autos, principally armored combating autos and tanks, close to Avdiivika between Oct. 10 and 20, the institute mentioned.


Comply with AP’s protection of the battle in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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