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Russia downs Ukrainian drones, repels Kiev's offensives killing 70 soldiers

A Ukrainian soldier of the 108th Brigade launches a drone near a frontline in Zaporizhzhia region, August 4, 2023. (Photo by Reuters)

Russian air defense systems have destroyed three Ukrainian drones over the Kaluga region bordering Moscow and repelled multiple counteroffensives by Kiev's troops, killing at least 70 soldiers.

The Russian defense ministry announced on Wednesday that its defense systems repelled the attempted drone attack, destroying the three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deployed for the offensive, Sputnik News reported.

The attempted attack took place at around 5 a.m. local time (0200 GMT), the ministry added.

"Russian air defense systems timely detected and destroyed all UAVs," the ministry said, adding that there were no casualties or material damage as a result of the incident.

Russian air defenses on Tuesday evening foiled another attempted terrorist drone attack over the territory of Belgorod Region. A day earlier, another attack was foiled.

Russia repels four counteroffensives by Kiev

Meanwhile, Russian military units repelled four separate Ukrainian attacks in the Krasny Liman direction, killing at least 70 Kiev soldiers.

"Frontline units of the Center Group of Forces, supported by artillery fire and air strikes, have thwarted and repelled four attempted attacks on positions of Russian forces by assault groups of the 67th Mechanized Brigades of the Ukrainian armed forces in the area of the Serebryansky forestry," Alexander Savchuk, head of the press center of Russia's Center Group of Forces, told Sputnik.

"The enemy's losses amounted to about 70 soldiers. An infantry fighting vehicle and an armored vehicle have been destroyed," said Savchuk.

Savchuk added that a Ukrainian howitzer and a drone were destroyed in the operation, adding that army aviation carried out missile strikes against enemy manpower and firepower hubs in the areas of the Serebryansky forestry and the village of Chervona Dibrova.

The development came a day after Russia launched a massive air attack on Ukraine's western region of Lviv and the northwestern region of Volyn – bordering Poland – striking buildings as reported by local officials.

Three people were killed and several hospitalized in Lutsk district of the Volyn region after a business enterprise was struck by a missile, said Volyn region governor Yuriy Pohulyaiko in a post on Telegram on Tuesday.

Ukrainian officials claimed more than half of some 28 Russian missiles were shot down by air defense, underlining that no casualties were inflicted in the missile attack on Lviv, although many buildings were damaged.

"Many missiles were shot down, but there were also hits in Lviv," the city's mayor Andriy Sadovyi said in a post on Telegram.

Ukrainian news outlets said “preliminary information” about the strikes on Tuesday suggests the missile attack was the largest air assault on the Lviv region since the outset of Russia kicked off its special military operation in Donbas in February 2022.

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