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The latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

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Russia has accused Ukraine of attempting a drone strike in Crimea

Russian officials have accused Ukrainian forces of attempting an overnight airstrike against Crimea, and Moscow has claimed it used anti-drone equipment to thwart the attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry wrote on Telegram that a total of 17 drones were used to target the peninsula, and there were no casualties, according to Google Translate.

CNBC was unable to independently verify these reports, and Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

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Russia blames Ukraine for ‘terrorist’ drone attack in Moscow

The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of carrying out a “terrorist” drone strike against Moscow early Monday, which the city’s mayor said destroyed two uninhabitable buildings.

Hostile drones were “suppressed” and “destroyed,” the ministry wrote in a telegram, according to Google Translate.

Russian state-owned news agency Tass reported that the wreckage was found near the Russian Defense Ministry building.

Kyiv authorities have not publicly acknowledged the attack, which came a day after a Russian attack on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa.

In response to the attack in Odesa, President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted Sunday morning, “Russian terrorists will definitely have a blowback in Odesa. They will feel the blowback.”

CNBC was unable to independently verify developments on the ground. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

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Putin hosts Belarus leader, Ukraine’s counterattack fails

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s counteroffensive “failed” He hosted close ally Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko for talks in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

“There is no resistance,” Lukashenko said, according to Reuters.

“It existed, but it failed,” Putin replied.

Defense observers suggested a window of opportunity for Ukraine Make a breakthrough with its counterattack Growing small.

“The danger then is that when they decide to actually launch they can’t deploy their forces in enough mass to make a difference to make a real punch,” Michael Clarke, a defense watcher and former director general of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), told CNBC on Wednesday.

– Hannah Ward-Glenton and Holly Elliott contributed to this report.

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End of Black Sea grain deal: Alternative routes ‘too expensive’ for Ukraine, says analyst

Joseph Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, discusses the freeze on the UN-brokered Black Sea grain deal after Russia’s withdrawal and Ukraine’s grain export options.

Fri, 21 Jul 2023 10:35 AM EDT

UN warns of rising tensions in Black Sea after Russia pulls out of landmark grain deal

A ship under the Black Sea grain initiative arrives in Odesa, southern Ukraine.

Yuli Sosulia | Future Publication | Getty Images

UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo raised concerns about Russian threats targeting civilian vessels sailing in the Black Sea and reports of newly laid sea mines posing a danger to civilian vessels.

“Any risk of an outbreak of conflict as a result of a military incident in the Black Sea, intentional or accidental, must be avoided at all costs, as it would have catastrophic consequences for all of us,” DiCarlo said in a statement before the UN Security Council.

“The new wave of attacks against Ukrainian ports will have far-reaching consequences for global food security, particularly in developing countries,” she said.

Attacks on civilian infrastructure can also be considered war crimes, she added.

– Amanda Macias

Fri, 21 Jul 2023 4:02 PM EDT

UNESCO says the war has destroyed at least 270 cultural sites in Ukraine

A woman walks next to an armored vehicle of pro-Russian soldiers near the building of a theater destroyed during the Ukraine-Russia conflict on April 10, 2022 in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine.

Alexander Ermochenko | Reuters

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO said At least 270 cultural sites in Ukraine The damage was done due to the ongoing war.

“A preliminary assessment in Odesa found damage to several museums within the World Heritage property, including the Odesa Archaeological Museum, the Odesa Maritime Museum and the Odesa Literature Museum,” the UN agency wrote in a statement.

“They were all marked by UNESCO and local authorities With blue shielddistinctive symbol of the 1954 Hague Convention,” the agency added.

– Amanda Macias

Fri, 21 Jul 2023 12:50 PM EDT

The World Health Organization estimates more than 1,000 attacks on vital health services in Ukraine since the war began

Relatives gather at a hospital around three people injured in a missile attack in Mykolaiv on August 18, 2022, during the Russian occupation of Ukraine.

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The World Health Organization has recorded at least 1,067 attacks against vital health services in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in late February last year.

of the World Health Organization Surveillance System for Attacks on Health Care Estimates Healthcare facilities were damaged 952 times, ambulances were targeted in 124 cases, and at least 284 attacks were carried out on critical medical supplies. The monitoring system also estimates that attacks on health services have resulted in at least 101 deaths and 139 injuries.

The Kremlin has insisted that its forces do not target civilian infrastructure such as hospitals, schools and residential buildings.

– Amanda Macias

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