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Russian troops' strike on Kharkiv, series of terrorist attacks in Dagestan - Weekend brief

Russian troops' strike on Kharkiv, series of terrorist attacks in Dagestan - Weekend brief Collage by RBC-Ukraine

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, unknown persons staged a series of attacks in two cities in Dagestan. Meanwhile, the Russian Federation launched another attack on the city of Kharkiv using guided aerial bombs. Casualties have already been reported.

Read more about what happened over the weekend on RBC-Ukraine.

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Russian troops attack Kharkiv: Power outages, subway stopped in city, one victim reported

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, the Russian Federation launched another attack on Kharkiv using guided aerial bombs.

According to Terekhov, the impact occurred in two districts: Shevchenkivskyi and Kholodnohirskyi. Casualties have already been reported, according to Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov and the head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Oleh Syniehubov.

According to the latest data, a total of 10 people were injured in the strike. Among the victims are two children aged 15 and 16.

The city began experiencing power outages after the airstrike. The Kharkiv metro has stopped operating.

Attacks in Dagestan: Fighting in midst of Derbent and Makhachkala, military equipment spotted

Unidentified persons opened fire on an Orthodox church, a synagogue, and police officers in the city of Derbent. One policeman was killed, and one was wounded. The attackers then fled in a car. Another attack took place in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. There, unidentified persons shot at police cars at a traffic police post.

Military vehicles and helicopters were spotted in the cities. The center of Derbent is without electricity. In Makhachkala, people were blocked in a church, and there was a firefight around it.

Ukrainian intelligence head on whether ATACMS will destroy Crimean bridge: Only question is their quantities

The Russian Federation seized the Crimean peninsula to turn it into a huge military base. This allows it to control most of Ukraine's southern coastline, states Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

According to Budanov, if the Russians on the Crimean peninsula are cut off from resupply, it will help force them to submit. The DIU chief agreed with former US Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges that this would be the key to forcing Putin to defend himself.

"I share the opinion of Gen. Hodges, absolutely. So we need to do everything to implement it," Budanov said.

He believes that the long-range ATACMS missiles that the US has provided to Ukraine could eventually destroy the Crimean Bridge. According to him, those who claim that ATACMS is not powerful enough to do the job are wrong.

Zelenskyy names tasks on peace formula for coming months

In the coming months, Ukraine and its partners will work together to find a common path to restore security in accordance with the points of the Ukrainian peace formula, states Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to the President, an important result of this week was the appearance of six new signatures on the joint communiqué of the peace summit.

"This is a clear signal that we managed to convince the world that peace is possible. It is a just peace. There will be even more signatures for the communiqué," he explained.

Taiwan conducts military exercises similar to combat operations amid threat from China

Taiwan will begin its annual five-day military drills in late July. This year, however, these exercises will be closer to real combat operations to prepare the Taiwanese army for threats from China, reports Reuters.

A senior Taiwanese official told Reuters that the exercises will not be a "show" like they used to be but will be as close as possible to real combat.

"In recent years, the enemy threat has changed rapidly. Our defense combat plan must also be continuously revised on a rolling basis, and the urgency of comprehensive combat training is becoming more and more important," he said.

Two more countries join Peace Summit declaration

Two more countries have joined the declaration of Ukraine's first Peace Summit. Barbados and the Marshall Islands have endorsed the declaration, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Twitter account.

"I am grateful to Barbados and the Republic of the Marshall Islands for joining the final communiqué of the inaugural Peace Summit," stated the head of state.

Zelenskyy looks forward to collaborating with the island nations on issues concerning environmental and food security.