KYIV, Ukraine — Russia on Tuesday was hit Tuesday with the third drone attack on its soil in 24 hours, an apparent escalation of the already full-scale drone war with Ukraine.
The drones reached far into Russia, signaling an emboldened Ukrainian military’s ability to hit its enemy outside the active combat zone and exposing vulnerabilities in Russia’s air defenses.
The Tuesday incident caused a fire at an oil facility near an airfield in Russia’s Kursk oblast, which borders Ukraine, regional governor Roman Starovoit said on Telegram.
The strike came a day after explosions at two military installations deep inside Russia, including an airfield that served as a base for bombers allegedly used in Moscow’s strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. Three Russian service members died in those blasts, which Russia’s Defense Ministry blamed on Ukraine after intercepting low-flying drones in the area.
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She fled Russian occupation by boat. Minutes later, she was shot: Nowhere feels safe along the Dnieper River. What was once a main draw of Kherson, a waterway that helped turn this regional capital into a major Ukrainian port city, the Dnieper River has now become a front line — and a source of constant peril for those living on either side of it, write Samantha Schmidt and Serhii Korolchuk.
For weeks, Dmytro Matiukha had urged his in-laws to leave their cottage on the east bank. But just minutes after they left on Sunday, Matiukha received a call from his father-in-law.
“Mom was hit,” said Vladyslav Svitlov, 76. “What do I do?”
At least four bullets pierced the side of their small motorboat. Tetiana Svitlova, 75, was crouching low in the boat when the gunfire struck her in the abdomen. She reached her arm toward her husband briefly before collapsing into the boat.
Cunningham reported from Washington; Ilyushina from Riga, Latvia; Stein from Kyiv; Kasulis Cho from Connecticut; Hassan from London; and Berger and McDaniel from Washington. Natalia Abbakumova in Riga, Karen DeYoung and Missy Khamvongsa in Washington and Liz Sly in London contributed to this report.