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Eight dead in Russian night strikes in Ukraine

Photo: Ukrainian emergency services via Agence France-Presse In the city of Dnipro, a four-story apartment building and other infrastructure were hit by Russian strikes.

Ania Tsoukanova – Agence France-Presse to kyiv

Published yesterday at 8:07 a.m.

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At least eight people, including two children, were killed in nighttime strikes in Ukraine's east-central Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukrainian authorities announced Friday, claiming to have shot down a Russian strategic bomber for the first time. 60~/p>

The foreign ministers of the G7 states at the same time made a “commitment” to “strengthen the means of defense” of Ukraine against air attacks by Russia, resulting from their meeting in southern Italy.

For its part, Moscow reported the death of a crew member in the crash of a Tupolev-22M3 plane following a “technical failure”, without mentioning any Ukrainian involvement. The two countries seem to be talking about the same device.

In Ukraine's Synelnykove district, southeast of Dnipro, the capital of the Dnipropetrovsk region, “more than ten houses were damaged” and “six people died, including children aged six and eight,” said Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klymenko on Telegram.

In the town of Dnipro, where a four-story apartment building and other “civil infrastructure” were hit, two people died, he added, warning that the toll risked becoming heavier.

At least 25 people were injured, according to the local governor.

“Massive Bombardment”

The Ukrainian public railway company Ukrzaliznytsia denounced on Friday “a massive bombardment” of its infrastructure in Dnipro and its region, reporting one employee killed and seven injured.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky once again called on his partners to send “air defense systems to Ukraine”.

These systems “should not be stored in warehouses but deployed in cities and communities facing terror,” he argued.

Russia bombs Ukrainian towns daily and kyiv says it has an acute lack of ammunition to repel these attacks, while Western aid is reduced or arriving late.

The US House of Representatives announced it would vote on Saturday on a $61 billion package of aid to Ukraine, which has been blocked for months.

In total, Russia fired 22 missiles and 14 explosive drones into Ukrainian territory during the night from Thursday to Friday, the Ukrainian Air Force said in the morning, claiming to have shot down 29 of these machines.

Volodymyr Zelensky said he visited soldiers in the Donetsk region in the east, where the Russian army has increased its pressure in recent months.

The president explained that he had inspected “the construction of fortifications”, one of Ukraine's current priorities in order to curb Moscow's troops.

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Down on combat mission

Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk said Friday that his forces had, “for the first time,” “destroyed a Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber, carrying X-22 cruise missiles.”

“I thank everyone who made this outcome possible today. Evil will be punished! », he congratulated himself.

Ukraine had already claimed responsibility for the destruction of a device of this type in August, but it was on the ground and not in the air.

According to Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR), this time it is a plane that took part in the night bombings and “was shot down as a result of a special operation”.< /p>

The impact took place “at a distance of about 300 kilometers from Ukraine”, the GUR claimed, according to which the aircraft, which was carrying out a “combat mission”, crashed in the Stavropol region , in southwest Russia.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not confirmed that Ukrainian fire had targeted one of its planes, but a source within the army told the news agency TASS report that a Tupolev-22M3 supersonic bomber had “crashed in the Stavropol region after a combat mission, while returning to its base”.

The aircraft did not have any weapons on board, this source assured.

The governor of the Stavropol region, for his part, announced that a Tupolev-22M3 had crashed in this area after a “technical” incident, causing the death of at least “one member of the crew.”

“A plane fell in the fields in the Krasnogvardeiskii district,” Vladimir Vladimirov wrote on Telegram.

“According to preliminary data, a technical failure was the cause of the accident,” he added, without giving further details.

Two other members of the plane's crew were found alive and emergency services are still looking for the fourth, he said.

The Krasnogvardeiskii district is located some 300 km from the Ukrainian border.

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