Russia accuses Ukraine of Putin assassination attempt

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Reuters news agency that the allegation that Kyiv was behind the attack, and Russia’s arrest of alleged Ukrainian saboteurs could mean Moscow was preparing for a “large-scale terrorist provocation” soon.

“Of course, Ukraine has nothing to do with drone attacks on the Kremlin. We do not attack the Kremlin because, first of all, it does not resolve any military tasks,” he said.

“In my opinion, it is absolutely obvious that both ‘reports about an attack on the Kremlin’ and simultaneously the supposed detention of Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea.”

Ukraine’s offensive has already begun, says Wagner boss
The head of Russia’s Wagner Group says Ukraine’s counteroffensive has begun, with heightened activity along the front line.

In a statement published by his press service on Telegram, Yevgeny Prigozhin said the “active phase” of the counteroffensive would begin in the coming days.

Eight people killed in Kherson attack: Ukraine
Eight people have been killed in an attack on a hypermarket and a railway station in Kherson, Ukrainian officials say.

Three people were killed in an artillery attack while shopping in the hypermarket, the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said.

Local officials said one person was killed when the city railway station was bombarded, three energy workers were killed while carrying out repairs in a nearby village and a man was killed in a residential building in another settlement.

“When the enemy can achieve nothing on the battlefield, it strikes at peaceful cities,” Ukrainian military spokesperson Serhii Cherevatyi said.