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Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Region Evacuated; Wagner Group Withdraws Bakhmut Retreat Threat

HeadlineMay 08, 2023

Russian drone strikes rained down on Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine overnight. Kyiv’s mayor says over 30 drones targeting the capital were shot down. Over the weekend, Ukraine also said it downed a Russian hypersonic missile for the first time using the U.S. Patriot missile defense system.

Russia has evacuated over 1,600 people around the beleaguered Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant ahead of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive and as the U.N. nuclear watchdog warned the situation at the plant was “potentially dangerous.”

Meanwhile, the leader of Russian mercenary force Wagner Group has backtracked on his threat to withdraw from the war-torn city of Bakhmut after he said the Russian military agreed to send more ammunition. Ukraine has accused Russia of using white phosphorus bombs in Bakhmut, which would constitute a war crime.

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