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Russian Drone Attack Claims 7 Lives in Ukraine


A devastating incident unfolded in Kharkiv, Ukraine, as a Russian drone attack targeted a petrol station on Saturday, resulting in the tragic loss of seven lives, including three children. Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Synegubov reported on Telegram that an entire family of five perished in a house fire – a husband, wife, and their three children aged seven, four, and seven months. The woman and children sought refuge in the bathroom, while the man's body was found in a passage. Another house claimed the lives of a 66-year-old man and his 65-year-old wife.

The assault utilized Iranian-made Shahed drones, causing burning fuel to spray on nearby homes and forcing the evacuation of at least 50 people, according to Kharkiv mayor Igor Terekhov. The attack specifically targeted a petrol station in the Nemyshlyanskyi district, resulting in the destruction of critical infrastructure and extensive fire consequences.

Ukrainian authorities reported a total of 31 attack drones launched by Russia overnight, targeting the eastern Kharkiv and southern Odesa regions. Remarkably, 23 of these drones were successfully shot down in defense.

Amidst these dire circumstances, NATO called upon Europe to enhance arms production to support Ukraine, emphasizing the need to prevent prolonged confrontation with Moscow. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary-general, stressed the urgency of reconstituting and expanding the industrial base to accelerate deliveries to Ukraine and replenish NATO's own stocks. Stoltenberg warned of regular threats from the Kremlin against NATO countries, highlighting the importance of addressing potential military threats.

As Western leaders rally for increased assistance, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and U.S. President Joe Biden urged the approval of a long-delayed military aid package for Ukraine, emphasizing its critical role in countering Russia's invasion. The failure to provide support was condemned by President Biden as "close to criminal neglect."

NATO defense ministers are scheduled to convene in Brussels on Thursday, a week ahead of the second anniversary of Russia's offensive in Ukraine. The meeting will feature discussions on Ukraine's defense, emphasizing the ongoing challenges faced by the country in the conflict.


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