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Russian Defense Ministry says Ukraine air defenses disabled

The Russian armed forces say Ukraine's air defenses have been disabled.

Moscow, 24 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) — The Russian armed forces say Ukraine’s air defenses have been disabled.

Ukrainian air force bases were put out of action with “precision-guided munitions,” the Defense Ministry in Moscow said.

The ministry denied Ukrainian reports that Russian aircraft had been shot down. This does not correspond to the facts, it said.

The ministry also said that there were no airstrikes against Ukrainian cities. “There is no threat to the civilian population.”

Yet seven soldiers have died in airstrikes in the first few hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Interior Ministry in Kyiv on Thursday.

Additionally, 15 soldiers have been reported wounded and 19 are missing. A bridge over the Inhulets River has been destroyed.

Meanwhile, Russian tanks have crossed into Ukrainian territory, entering the Luhansk region, according to reports from Ukraine’s border authority.

The tanks were spotted near the communities of Krasna Talivka, Milove and Horodyshche.

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