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KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s presidential office said at least five civilians were killed and eight injured in the latest Russian bombardment.

A statement released on Wednesday said Russian troops used six Iranian suicide drones to strike the town of Bila Tserkva in the Kyiv region, injuring one person.

The strikes were the first on the city since March, when the Russians withdrew from areas near the Ukrainian capital after an unsuccessful attempt to capture it.

Russian forces also shelled areas on the west bank of the Dnieper opposite the Russian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia and in the Donetsk region.

In Sviatohirsk, which was taken over by Ukrainian forces, a civilian cemetery was found and the bodies of four civilians were discovered, according to Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said Ukrainian forces continued their offensive from Lyman towards Kreminna and Svatove. In the Kherson region, Ukrainian troops have captured eight towns and villages so far this week in their counteroffensive, according to the presidential office.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS:

– Putin signs laws annex 4 Ukrainian regions

– Ukrainian nuclear workers recount abusesrussian threats

– AP Interview: Ukraine aims to restart occupied reactors

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

KYIV, Ukraine — Kyiv has dismissed as “worthless” laws Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Wednesday formalizing the annexation of four Ukrainian regions to Russia.

“The worthless decisions of the terrorist country are not worth the paper they are signed on,” the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andriy Yermak, said on the Telegram messaging app. “A collective insane asylum can continue to live in a fictional world.”

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier in his late night address that he had signed a decree reversing all Putin’s actions to annex Ukrainian territories since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“All the Russian decisions, all the treaties with which they are trying to take over our land – all of that is worth nothing,” Zelenskyy said at the end of his video speech.

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MOSCOW — Russian energy company Gazprom has announced it is taking over gas supplies from Italy after striking a transit deal through Austria.

The Russian government-controlled company had suspended delivery to Italy via Austria last week, citing regulatory changes that came into effect in the Alpine nation last month.

In a statement on Wednesday, Gazprom said the operator of an Austrian gas pipeline had indicated its willingness to manage the transit of gas to Italy “allowing the resumption of Russian gas supply through Austria”.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed laws officially absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, even as his military struggles to retain control of the regions it illegally annexed.

The documents finalizing the annexation carried out in defiance of international law were published Wednesday morning on a Russian government website.

Earlier this week, both houses of the Russian parliament ratified treaties making Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions part of Russia. This followed Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” in the four regions that Ukraine and the West dismissed as a sham.

On the ground, Moscow’s war in Ukraine has entered a new, more dangerous phase. Russia faces growing setbacks, with Ukrainian forces recapturing more and more land in the east and south – the very regions Moscow pushed to annex.

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KYIV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian army has taken over a number of villages in the Kherson region as part of its massive counter-offensive in the south of the country, the regional military command has announced.

The Ukrainian flag was raised above the villages of Liubymivka, Khreschenivka, Zolota Balka, Biliaivka, Ukrainka, Velyka and Mala Oleksandrivka, the Southern Operational Command said.

The villages are all concentrated on the right bank of the Dnipro River in the northern part of the region.

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