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War In Ukraine, Day 225: As Ground Forces Collapse, Russia Steps Up Air Attacks On Civilian Targets

Developments on both fronts are hard to gauge, even as Ukrainians advance at high speed and continuously liberate new towns.

The apartment leveled by a Russian rocket

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A series of missile attacks early Thursday on Ukraine's southern city of Zaporizhzhia have left at least three killed, and five people still unaccounted for. The barrage of at least seven missiles appear to have targeted civilian areas, flattening one apartment building. Russia also launched two rockets at the central Ukrainian city of Khmelnytsky, but both reportedly missed their targets.

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Experts warn that we may see more civilian targets hit, as we did in the first days of the successful Ukrainian counter-offensive last month when Russia knocked out the power grid that caused blackouts across the northeast region of Kharkiv.

Ukrainian authorities also report that Russia continues to use Iranian kamikaze drones to target cities, including Kharkiv and Odessa. Ukraine’s military says they managed to shoot down 18 additional drones before they reached their targets.

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