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Russian forces continuing to strike Ukraine from the air and sea

Mykola, a local resident, takes valuable items from his destroyed house by bicycle on April 9, 2022 in Novoselivka, Chernihiv suburbs, Ukraine. (Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images via AFP)
Mykola, a local resident, takes valuable items from his destroyed house by bicycle on April 9, 2022 in Novoselivka, Chernihiv suburbs, Ukraine. (Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images via AFP)

The governor of the region that includes Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, Dnipro, says the airport was hit twice by missile attacks today. The Ukrainian military command says Russian forces also keep shelling Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, and have kept up their siege of Mariupol, the key southern port city that has been under attack for nearly six weeks.

The Russian Defense Ministry says its air-launched missiles hit Ukraine’s S-300 air defense missile systems in two locations, while sea-launched cruise missiles destroyed a Ukrainian unit’s headquarters in the Dnipro region. Neither side’s military claims could be independently verified.

The Pentagon said Russia has a clear advantage in armored forces for its next phase in its war on Ukraine. Press secretary John Kirby said Friday that the Russians spread themselves too thin to take the capital, but now they’re more focused on a smaller region, and still have the vast majority of their combat power. A major effort by Ukrainian defenses and more Western assistance will be needed to push them back.

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