Russia thwarted a Ukrainian attack in the eastern Donetsk region, a Defense Ministry spokesman said in a video published Monday by the Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. The attack on Sunday targeted five areas in southern Donetsk, Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. His claims could not be verified, and it was unclear whether the attack was related to Ukraine’s expected counteroffensive. The Ukrainian Armed Forces reported 29 clashes in Donetsk and neighboring Luhansk in its Monday morning update but did not respond to Russia’s claims.
Tensions remain high in Russia’s Belgorod region, where anti-Russian militias have carried out drone attacks and shelling in recent days, with a fresh attack overnight Monday reported by the governor.
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The strikes on greater Dnipro in central Ukraine, an area away from the front lines of the Russian invasion, were a disconcerting reminder about the inevitability of the war. Since a massive strike in January, the city has been targeted infrequently, allowing its residents a semblance of normalcy. But the burdens of the war weigh heavy.