Russian-Ukraine latest news today: Moscow skyscraper hit by second drone attack in two days

A drone attack targeted a skyscraper in Moscow for the second time in two days, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the war is returning to Russia. Russia’s defense ministry claimed that its anti-aircraft units shot down drones heading towards Moscow, but one of them ended up hitting the same high-rise building that was struck the previous Sunday. While the attack caused damage to the facade, there were no injuries reported. Ukraine rarely takes responsibility for attacks inside Russia or on Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine, but it has been emphasizing the destruction of Russia’s military infrastructure to support its counteroffensive.

Meanwhile, in Zelensky’s hometown, a 10-year-old girl and her mother were among at least six people killed in an attack by Russian ballistic missiles on an apartment complex and a university building. The attack in Kyryvi Rih also injured at least 75 people. Zelensky called it an act of Russian “terror,” while Andriy Yermak, the head of Zelensky’s office, stated that the Russian army was attacking the city of Kherson. In response to these attacks, Zelensky called for a significant increase in world sanctions pressure against Russia and emphasized the need for Ukraine’s military to have enough long-range weapons to protect its people.

Meanwhile, Ukraine announced that it had thwarted an attempted crossing of its border by a Russian saboteur group. The interior minister stated that the group was stopped by border guards in the Chernihiv region, and they were repelled by Ukrainian fire. The four individuals were detected moving from Russian territory, leading to the deployment of reserves to strengthen the area.

In addition, the British Ministry of Defense reported that Russia’s 58th Combined Arms Army, deployed in southern Ukraine, is facing fatigue and attrition as it battles Ukrainian troops. The ministry noted that intense fighting continues to be focused in two sectors, particularly in the area south of Orikhiv, where Ukraine has been launching assaults against the Russian army. The ministry also highlighted problems of coordination and shortages of ammunition and reserves for Russian forces.

The ongoing drone attacks, along with the Ukrainian counteroffensive and the fallout from the Wagner Group’s mutiny, have created confusion and cracks in Putin’s authority. While Ukraine does not officially claim responsibility for these attacks, they coincide with their efforts to retake territory occupied by Russian forces. The war in Ukraine is steadily escalating, with both sides facing casualties and destruction.

Despite the worsening situation, the UN humanitarian appeal for Ukraine, worth $3.9 billion, is only 30% funded. This funding gap poses a challenge as Ukraine prepares for its second winter with damaged buildings and thousands of homeless people. The UN aims to provide aid to around 11-12 million people out of the 17 million in need.

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