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Russia says strikes Ukrainian military airfield, Ukraine claims repels multiple Russian offensives

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Russia says strikes Ukrainian military airfield, Ukraine claims repels multiple Russian offensives

2024-06-13 11:50 Last Updated At:12:07

Russia said on Wednesday that its forces conducted strikes on various Ukrainian targets, including a military airfield, while Ukraine claimed on the same day that its troops repelled multiple Russian offensives in the direction of Pokrovsk in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Russian forces gained an advantage in battles across various directions in the past day. They launched multiple attacks on Ukrainian targets, including a military airfield, a field ammunition depot, a base where foreign mercenaries were stationed, and a military area for deploying unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Additionally, Russian forces intercepted multiple Ukrainian missiles, rockets, and drones.

On the same day, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced that Ukrainian forces sustained engagements in dozens of battles with Russian troops in Pokrovsk and other directions, successfully repelling multiple Russian attacks. Despite the ongoing offensive by Russia against the border town of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine, Ukraine said that it currently had the situation under control.

Furthermore, the Russian Ministry of Defense released footage on Tuesday showing the destruction of a Ukrainian Su-25 warplane by one of its Lancet drones. The air attack was captured by a Russian high-altitude unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The Russian side did not provide the exact time of the attack.

On the same day, Ukraine officially presented its Unmanned Systems Forces in the capital city, Kiev, four months after President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree ordering the establishment of a separate branch of the armed forces dedicated to enhancing drone operations. This new military division will also focus on the development and production of USVs.

Russia says strikes Ukrainian military airfield, Ukraine claims repels multiple Russian offensives

Russia says strikes Ukrainian military airfield, Ukraine claims repels multiple Russian offensives

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All-out search, rescue efforts afoot after bridge collapse in northwest China

2024-07-21 22:30 Last Updated At:23:27

More than 1,000 firemen and armed police have been deployed to conduct search and rescue work on Sunday after a highway bridge collapse in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

The bridge, located in Zhashui County in Shangluo City, partially collapsed around 8:40 on Friday due to a sudden downpour and flash floods, according to the provincial publicity department.

The accident has killed 12 people and left 31 others missing so far.

A total of 17 cars and eight trucks plunged into the Jinqian River below the bridge based on the initial investigation. As of Saturday noon, serve cars had been recovered and 12 people found dead, with one person rescued, said the provincial Party committee.

The rescuers are using heavy machines to clear the debris around the piers of the bridge to reduce the pressure on them.

Despite the drop in the water level of the river and the favorable weather on Sunday, the rapids brought difficulties to the rescue work.

The highway administration department has also dispatched workers to check the safety of the rest of the bridge which did not collapse in the accident to lay a foundation for the reopening of the bridge in the coming days.

At 05:00 on Sunday, the rescuers found two vehicles which sank to the river during the accident and two of them were pinpointed four kilometers downriver from the accident site.

The rescuers used a crane and ropes to pull the two vehicles out of the river and found no victims inside them.

Local authorities have sent 62 medical workers and 30 ambulances to the site to conduct medical rescue work and opened green lanes at three designated hospitals to treat the injured in time.

"We have set up a medical team composed of medical workers from the provincial, municipal and county-level hospitals immediately and mobilized 36 personnel from the departments of emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, orthopedics and psychology to form a medical expert group. The experts from the provincial, municipal and county-level hospitals will join hands to take targeted treatment measures," said Ma Jianqi, director of Shangluo Municipal Health Commission.

Meanwhile, the local government is conducting epidemic surveillance and prevention and monitoring sanitation of drinking water, food safety risks and vectors to prevent the occurrence of infectious diseases.

All-out search, rescue efforts afoot after bridge collapse in northwest China

All-out search, rescue efforts afoot after bridge collapse in northwest China

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