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Russia’s defence ministry says troops repelled 10 attacks in the Donetsk direction over the past 24 hours, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
“In the Donetsk direction, ten enemy attacks were successfully repelled by competent and courageous actions of the defending units of the Southern Group of Forces,” ministry spokesperson Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said.
According to Konashenkov, Ukraine’s losses amounted to “up to 290 servicemen killed and wounded, two infantry fighting vehicles, nine vehicles, two pickup trucks, an Akatsiya self-propelled artillery mount, Msta-B and D-30 howitzers”.
He added that air defence systems shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft and intercepted two HIMARS MLRS shells and 14 drones.
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‘Certain contacts’ with the US over WSJ reporter: Kremlin
The Kremlin says there were “certain contacts” with the United States over the case of detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich but that it did not want to make them public.
On Monday, the US ambassador to Russia, Lynne Tracy, was granted access to visit Gershkovich, in the second such visit since his pre-trial detention in March on espionage charges he denies.
“Ambassador Tracy reports that Mr. Gershkovich is in good health and remains strong, despite his circumstances,” a US State Department spokesperson said.
“We expect Russian authorities to provide continued consular access.”