NIn the Kharkiv region, the focus of the offensive, the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that six people were killed and 27 injured in a Russian attack on the outskirts of the regional capital, also called Kharkiv.

Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said that five more people were killed and nine were injured in an attack in the Kupiansk district, southeast of the regional capital.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced today that its forces in the area continue to “advance into the depths of the enemy’s defense.”

The Ukrainian General Staff acknowledged that Russia had intensified its attacks around Kharkiv and that the situation was dynamic.

Russia launched an offensive in the Kharkiv region at the end of last week, significantly increasing pressure on Ukrainian forces, who are at a numerical and military disadvantage and who are belatedly awaiting the delivery of crucial weapons and ammunition from Western partners. .

Overstretched Ukrainian forces are trying to stop Russia on the new front, using bomb-laden drones to destroy military vehicles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared on Friday, during a visit to China, that Moscow’s offensive in the Kharkiv region aims to create a buffer zone and protect Russian border territory, but that there are no plans to capture the city.

However, Ukraine and Russia continued attacks using drones. Ukrainian air force officials said this morning that air defenses shot down all 37 Russian drones launched at the country overnight.

In Russia, Russian air defenses shot down 57 Ukrainian drones over the Krasnodar region in the south of the country overnight, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Local military authorities said drone debris hit an oil refinery in the city of Slavyansk-on-Kuban, but there were no fires or damage.

The news agency Astra published videos showing an explosion at a refinery when it was hit by a drone, but its veracity cannot be independently verified.

Nine long-range ballistic missiles and a drone were destroyed over the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula following a massive Ukrainian drone attack on Friday morning that cut off electricity in the city of Sevastopol.

Another three drones were shot down over the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. According to regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, the roof of a church was set on fire by falling debris from the drone, but there were no casualties.

The Russian governor of the partially occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson, Vladimir Saldo, said one person died and 16 were injured when a Ukrainian drone hit a minibus this morning.

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