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Russia says air defenses shot down 50 Ukrainian drones overnight

A Russian soldier checks a ruined building in the Russia-controlled town of Mariupol, on April 19, 2024. (AFP)

Russia says its air defenses have shot down at least 50 drones after Ukraine launched a barrage of attacks across the country overnight, killing at least three civilians, including a pregnant woman.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday that 50 drones were shot down over eight Russian regions, including 26 over the country’s western Belgorod region close to the Ukrainian border.

The governor of Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov said two people — a woman with a broken leg and the man caring for her — died during the overnight barrage after explosions sparked a blaze that set their home alight.

He later said that Ukrainian shelling also killed a pregnant woman in a village close to the border. 

"The village of Novaya Tavolzhanka in the Shebekinsky urban district came under Ukrainian shelling. To great grief, a woman and unborn baby died from their wounds.”

The defense ministry said that air defenses have also shot down a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet overnight.

He provided no father detains.

The overnight attack against Russia came as Ukraine is suffering from extensive shortages of ammunition and weaponry, as Republicans in the United States keep stalling further aid for Kiev in Congress.

Some of Kiev’s biggest shortages are in air defense and artillery, according to the officials.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zekensky said this week that Russia has 10 times more artillery shells than his country.

He admitted that "we will have no chance of winning," unless aid from the US resumes.


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