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Liveblog: ++ Kiev in the focus of night air raids ++


The Ukrainian capital Kiev was again the focus of nightly air raids by Russia. A governor reports that Ukrainian drones have been shot down near the Russian city of Kursk. All developments in the live blog.

According to the regional government, several Ukrainian drones have been shot down near the Russian city of Kursk near the border with Ukraine. An air defense system shot down the missiles near the city, regional governor Roman Starowoit said on Twitter at night. He called on residents to keep calm: “The city is under the reliable protection of our army,” wrote the governor.

The Russian border region of Kursk has been repeatedly shelled by the Ukrainian army since the start of the Ukraine conflict. On Thursday, the Russian army said it had repulsed an attempted “invasion” by Ukrainian units in the Belgorod region south of Kursk. According to the Defense Ministry in Moscow, motorized infantry companies escorted by tanks had tried to “penetrate” the Belgorod region from Ukraine. The attack was stopped using fighter jets and artillery.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian conflict parties cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.

Authorities in Kiev report two separate waves of attacks on the capital. “There are explosions in the city. The air defenses are working,” said Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko in a statement. Minutes later he adds: “More explosions in the city”. Earlier, according to official websites, air raid alarms were raised across Ukraine due to Russian missile attacks.