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After losing warship, Russia vows to step up missile attacks on Kyiv

The Russian Defense Ministry pledged on Friday to increase the “scale of missile attacks” on the Ukrainian capital, kyiv, in response to the country’s “hijackings on Russian territory”. The statement comes a day after Russian authorities accused Ukrainian forces of launching airstrikes on residential buildings in one of the country’s regions bordering Ukraine. Meanwhile, the legendary Russian warship Moskva, whose history dates back to the Cold War, sank in the Black Sea on Thursday in the latest blow to Moscow’s war effort. The loss of the ship represents a military setback and a symbolic defeat for Russia. A Ukrainian official said on Telegram that Ukrainian forces hit the Moskva with two missiles. Russia acknowledged that the ship sank, but blamed other factors. In a video address on Thursday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed his nation’s bravery and said Ukraine should be proud to have survived 50 days under Russian attack as the Russians “gave us one maximum of five”.

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