Russia said Wednesday morning it had shot down three Ukrainian drones in the Kaluga region southwest of Moscow, amid an increase in such attacks targeting the Russian capital. Separately, the United States has asked Iran to stop selling drones to Russia, according to reports from the Financial Times. Follow hour by hour the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.
6:25 am: Moscow says it shot down three Ukrainian drones in the Kaluga region
Russia said on Wednesday it had downed three Ukrainian drones in the Kaluga region, southwest of Moscow, amid an increase in such attacks targeting the Russian capital.
Around 5 a.m. local time (0200 GMT), an attempted attack on Kiev using “three unmanned aerial vehicles (…) in the Kaluga region was foiled,” the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Telegram.
“All drones were detected and destroyed in time by Russian air defense systems,” the ministry said, adding that the attack caused no casualties or damage.
6:08 am: US calls on Iran to stop selling drones to Russia, Financial Times says
The United States is pressuring Iran to stop selling drones to Russia amid talks of a broader ‘unwritten deal’ between Washington and Tehran, the Financial Times has reported, citing people briefed. on the subject.
The talks took place alongside negotiations of the prisoner swap deal that saw Tehran transfer four Iranian-American citizens from prison to house arrest last week, the sources said.
2:09 am: Russian drones threaten Danube port of Izmail, kyiv says
The Ukrainian Air Force said Russian army drones entered the mouth of the Danube and headed for the port of Izmail, near the border with Romania.
Odessa region governor Oleh Kiper asked residents of Izmail district to take shelter around 1:30 a.m. (2230 GMT) and canceled the air alert an hour later.
The Danube has been one of the main exit routes for Ukrainian agricultural products since Moscow ended the agreement on grain exports in July.
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Three people died following night strikes that targeted the Volhynia region in western Ukraine, the local governor announced on Tuesday.
On the Russian side, at least 27 people were killed and dozens more injured in an explosion, followed by a fire, at a service station in Dagestan, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
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