Ukraine, Briefly

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  • Russian and Russian proxy troops in Ukraine’s Donetsk area have sustained substantial fatalities, according to British intelligence officials, the BBC noted. Officials believe that the Donetsk militia has lost 55 percent of its initial force. According to Ukrainian commanders, Russian soldiers are intent on seizing all of neighboring Luhansk and encircling the city of Lysychansk.
  • A drone strike caused a fire at a refinery in southern Russia near the Ukrainian border on Wednesday, causing no injuries, according to the Associated Press. The fire engulfed industrial equipment at the Novoshakhtinsk oil processing complex in the Rostov-on-Don area. Ukrainian officials haven’t claimed responsibility for the drone strike.
  • Western sanctions against Russia have cut off supplies and equipment for Russian dentists, forcing them to use outdated – and expensive – alternatives on their patients, Radio Free Europe reported.

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