Ukraine live briefing: Drone hits Moscow skyscraper for second time in days, mayor says

Emergency personnel stand near a damaged building in Moscow after its mayor said Tuesday that there had been a drone attack. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters)

A drone hit the same Moscow skyscraper — which houses offices and ministries — for the second time in days, the city’s mayor and Russia’s defense ministry said early Tuesday, blaming Ukraine. Kyiv has not claimed responsibility, but Ukrainian officials have been vocal about describing targets in Russia as legitimate. Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak suggested early Tuesday the drones meant that Moscow was “rapidly getting used to a full-fledged war.”

Ukrainian officials said Russian attacks a day earlier killed at least 10 people, including a 10-year-old girl and her mother, and injured at least 100 people in the southern city of Kherson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s native city Kryvyi Rih.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

Russian air defenses thwarted several drones targeting Moscow, the mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, said Tuesday. He said the facade of the building’s 21st floor was damaged, that it was the same skyscraper hit on Sunday and that there was no information on casualties.

Russian warships destroyed three Ukrainian naval drones in the Black Sea, foiling an attempted late night attack on the two ships, the Russian Defense Ministry said early Tuesday. The Washington Post could not independently verify the claim.

Russian drones struck Kharkiv and destroyed two floors of a dormitory, the mayor of the northeastern city, Ukraine’s second-largest, said overnight.

The chief of the general staff of Russia’s armed forces, Valery Gerasimov, visited troops in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia, which is partly controlled by Russian forces, the defense ministry said. In recent days, Ukrainian forces said they pressed a counteroffensive push to reclaim territory in the country’s southeastern region.

Ukraine’s foreign minister said he discussed the possibility of using Croatian ports to export grain during a meeting Monday with his Croatian counterpart. Russia’s withdrawal from a U.N.-backed grain deal last month has blocked the flow of Ukrainian grain exports via Black Sea routes.

Britain sanctioned six Russian nationals involved in the trial of dual British national Vladimir Kara-Murza, who was sentenced to 25 years in a penal colony for treason. Kara-Murza has publicly denounced Russia’s war on Ukraine and was sentenced on “bogus charges,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said. The sanctioned Russian citizens include three judges, two prosecutors and an expert witness.

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan is slated to attend a Ukrainian-backed peace summit that Saudi Arabia is planning, according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive planning.

Ukraine is expected to discuss long-term security measures with the United States this week, according to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office. The two countries are set to negotiate security guarantees that would remain valid until Ukraine is able to join NATO, Andriy Yermak said.

Ukrainian sites in Kyiv and Lviv have been added to UNESCO’S list of endangered World Heritage sites, according to a document from the U.N. organization dated July 31. The sites include the Saint-Sophia Cathedral and its related monastic buildings.

For these soldiers, Ukraine has been at war for half their lives: With almost everyone mobilized, it’s not unusual to see graying men working checkpoints, but much of the conflict has fallen mostly on the young, Fredrick Kunkle and Serhii Korolchuk report from Ukraine.

“For most of the youngest soldiers, the war with Russia in the eastern Donbas region seemed far away when they were growing up — a kind of simmering background music that occasionally touched relatives or friends,” they write. “Now, however, they are on the front, fighting a powerful enemy that can, and does, strike anywhere.”

Serhiy Morgunov, Natalia Abbakumova, Lyric Li and Kelsey Ables contributed to this report.


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