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Russia said on Sunday it had shot down Ukrainian drones in four of its regions, notably around the capital Moscow, as well as two Ukrainian missiles over the Sea of ​​Azov, the day after a large attack by drones on the city of Kiev.

Drone attacks targeted Russian regions bordering Ukraine and around Moscow, authorities said Russian authorities. Air defense destroyed four Ukrainian drones over the Bryansk, Smolensk and Tula regions, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia assured that Ukrainian drones had also been shot down over the Moscow region and said it had shot down, over the Sea of ​​Azov, two Ukrainian missiles heading towards its territory.

Russian air defense located and destroyed two Ukrainian missiles over the Azov Sea area, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

For its part, Ukraine claimed to have shot down eight of the nine drones launched against its territory on Sunday.

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These offensives come the day after a vast drone attack launched by Moscow against the Ukrainian capital, presented by Kiev as the most significant since the start of the conflict in February 2022.

According to Ukraine, Moscow launched 75 drone attacks on Saturday, mainly towards the capital Kiev, of which 71 were shot down by Ukrainian forces.

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As a result of the strikes in Kiev, 77 residential buildings and 120 buildings in the central part of the city are deprived of 'electricity.

This attack left five people injured, according to the results communicated on Saturday by the authorities, and deprived dozens of residential buildings and buildings of electricity.

As winter approaches, Kiev is preparing for a new campaign of massive Russian bombings targeting its energy infrastructure and fears a situation similar to that of winter 2022, when millions of people were deprived of power in the middle of a cold snap.

Saturday's drone attack also took place on the day of the commemoration in Ukraine of the Holodomor, the great famine of the 1930s which caused the death of millions of Ukrainians, a genocide orchestrated according to Kiev by Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator.

In a message commemorating the Holodomor, US President Joe Biden assured Saturday that Ukraine's agricultural infrastructure is once again being deliberately targeted by Moscow, which he accused of x27;deliberately damaging fields and agricultural infrastructure.

Russia, for its part, emphasizes that the famine of the 1930s claimed not only Ukrainian victims, but also Russians, Kazakhs and other nationalities, in a context of land collectivization.

These offensives also come at a time when Ukraine is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the pro-Western Maidan revolution, which aroused the anger of its Russian neighbor.

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An anti-government protester shoots during clashes with police near the Ukrainian parliament during the Maidan revolution in 2014.

Shortly after the Ukrainian overthrow of the Moscow-backed regime in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatists in the region. eastern Ukraine.

Ten years later, Russia continues to judge the Maidan revolution as an illegitimate coup d'état and aims to install a new government in Kiev.

In Kiev, 10 years ago, there was a coup d'état by the force and legitimate authorities have been overthrown, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.

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