Russia's war against Ukraine ( Key updates from the last few hours )
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Key updates from the last few hours
Russian losses: Ukraines Defense Ministry estimates that approximately 5,300 Russian troops have been killed as of Monday morning. Though the Russian Defense Ministry has acknowledged that some of its soldiers were killed and wounded in Ukraine, Moscow has yet to report a concrete number of combat losses. On Monday, Kalmykias Head Batu Khasikov reported that a contract service sergeant from the region had died in the line of duty during a special operation to protect the Donbas.
Kharkiv under fire: Massive rocket strikes hit Ukraines second largest city on Monday, Ukrainian Interior Ministry officials said. According to Interior Ministry advisor Anton Herashchenko, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more were wounded. Ukrayinska Pravda reported that the shelling hit three micro-districts that are home to more than a million people. Its horrible, they hit residential buildings with artillery. Its not yet possible to calculate the losses. Perhaps the offensive will go further, said Roman Semenukha, the deputy head of the Kharkiv regional administration.
Zmiinyi Island survivors: The Ukrainian soldiers from Zmiinyi Island who were presumed dead are in fact alive and being held captive by Russia, according to Ukraines navy. Earlier, Ukraines Interior Ministry stated that all of the Ukrainian servicemen on the island were killed in a Russian attack. In turn, the Russian side reported that 82 people had been taken prisoner. The Ukrainian military clarified that they presumed the islands defenders dead after they lost contact with them.
Cyber war: The websites of TASS, Izvestia, Forbes.ru, Fontanka, and other well-known Russian media outlets were hacked at around 2:00 p.m., Moscow time, on Monday. Attempts to reach the sites returned an anti-war message that urged Russian citizens to stop the madness and not to send your sons and husbands to certain death. The message was signed by the hacker group Anonymous, as well as Concerned journalists of Russia. Following the incident, TASS published a statement saying that their editorial office had nothing to do with the message.
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