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Three dead in Kharkiv attack, Russia launches new barrage of missiles on Ukrainian energy facilities

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Three dead in Kharkiv attack, Russia launches new barrage of missiles on Ukrainian energy facilities
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Three dead in Kharkiv attack, Russia launches new barrage of missiles on Ukrainian energy facilities

2024-06-22 22:22 Last Updated At:22:30

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — At least three people were killed in a Russian bomb attack on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, on Saturday afternoon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Another 19 people were wounded in the attack, in which a guided aerial bomb hit a residential building, according to Zelenskyy.

Russia has also continued to target Ukraine's energy infrastructure. Russia launched a new barrage of missiles and drones in an overnight attack on Ukraine, officials in Kyiv said Saturday, damaging energy facilities in the southeast and west and injuring at least two workers.

Ukraine is struggling with a new wave of rolling blackouts after relentless Russian attacks on energy infrastructure that started three months ago took out half the country’s power generation capacity. In its eighth major attack on energy facilities overnight, Russia fired 16 missiles and 13 Shahed drones, the Ukrainian air force said.

Ukraine’s air defenses intercepted 12 of the 16 missiles and all 13 drones launched by Russia, the air force said.

State-owned power grid operator Ukrenergo said the strikes damaged equipment at facilities in southeastern Zaporizhzhia and the western Lviv region.

Two energy workers were injured in Zaporizhzhia when a fire broke out at an energy facility, according to regional Gov. Ivan Fedorov.

With no major changes reported along the 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) front line, where a recent push by the Kremlin’s forces in eastern and northeastern Ukraine has made only incremental gains, both sides have taken aim at infrastructure targets, seeking to curb each other’s ability to fight in a war that is now in its third year.

Moscow’s overnight attack on Zaporizhzhia and Lviv follows Ukrainian military strikes on three oil refineries in southern Russia overnight into Friday.

Air defenses destroyed five drones over the Sea of ​​Azov and the country’s western Bryansk and Smolensk regions, the Russian Ministry of Defense said. A man was killed in shelling of Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, according to regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov.

The governor of eastern Ukraine's partly occupied Donetsk region said Saturday that Russian attacks had killed five people and wounded seven the previous day.

In the Russia-controlled part of the region, Moscow-installed Gov. Denis Pushilin said three people were killed and four were injured in shelling by Ukrainian forces Saturday morning.

A policeman was killed in the partly occupied region of Kherson as a result of a Russian drone attack on a checkpoint, the Ukrainian National Police said.

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FILE - A drone is seen in the sky seconds before it fired on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 17, 2022. Russia launched a new barrage of missiles and drones in an overnight attack on June 22, 2024, officials in Kyiv said Saturday, damaging energy facilities in Ukraine's southeast and west and injuring at least two workers. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

FILE - A drone is seen in the sky seconds before it fired on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 17, 2022. Russia launched a new barrage of missiles and drones in an overnight attack on June 22, 2024, officials in Kyiv said Saturday, damaging energy facilities in Ukraine's southeast and west and injuring at least two workers. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A wedding reception on Sunday wrapped up the monthslong celebrations as the youngest son of Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, married his longtime girlfriend with a price tag running into the millions.

The newlyweds were cheered by friends and relatives at Mumbai’s Jio World Drive -- a convention center built and owned by the Ambani family — as part of the “Mangal Utsav” (a festival of Bliss), which marked what many have dubbed as the wedding of the year.

Anant Ambani tied the knot with Radhika Merchant, daughter of pharma tycoons Viren and Shaila Merchant. The wedding rituals, including exchanging garlands by the couple and walking around the sacred fire, began Friday and were completed early Saturday.

Former British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Tony Blair, as well as Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, American wrestler and actor John Cena, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan were among the celebrities who attended the ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi blessed the newlyweds at a Saturday reception organized by the Ambanis, highlighting the billionaire’s rising clout.

“This is the final and the most auspicious ceremony and the last wedding in our family,” The Times of India newspaper quoted Mukesh Ambani. The Ambanis didn’t say how much they spent on the festivities that have been going on for months.

During a three-day pre-wedding celebration in March, Rihanna and Akon performed for a star-studded 1,200-person guest list.

A four-day European cruise in May featured on-deck concerts from the Backstreet Boys and Pitbull, followed by a masquerade ball where Katy Perry sang. At last week’s traditional music night in Mumbai Justin Bieber belted out his music hits.

The groom’s father, Mukesh Ambani, is the world’s ninth-richest man, with a net worth of $116 billion, according to Forbes. He is the richest person in Asia. His Reliance Industries is a conglomerate reporting over $100 billion in annual revenue, with interests that include petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecoms and retail.

The Ambani family owns, among other assets, a 27-story family compound in Mumbai worth $1 billion. The building contains three helipads, a 160-car garage and a private movie theater.

The groom, 29-year-old Anant, oversees the conglomerate’s renewable and green energy expansion. He also runs a 3,000-acre (about 1,200-hectare) animal rescue center in Gujarat state’s Jamnagar, the family’s hometown.

The bride, also 29, is the daughter of pharmaceutical tycoon Viren Merchant and is the marketing director for his company, Encore Healthcare, according to Vogue.

Ambani’s critics say his company has relied on political connections during Congress Party-led governments in the 1970s and ’80s, and under Modi’s rule since 2014.

Nita Ambani greets media personnel at the wedding reception of her son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Nita Ambani greets media personnel at the wedding reception of her son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan along with her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Bollywood actress Vidya Balan along with her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, right, along with her husband Sriram Madhav pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, right, along with her husband Sriram Madhav pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

India boxer Mary Kom with her husband Karung Onkholer pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

India boxer Mary Kom with her husband Karung Onkholer pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Salman Khan pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Salman Khan pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricket player KL Rahul along with wife and actress Athiya Shetty pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian cricket player KL Rahul along with wife and actress Athiya Shetty pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

British author Jay Shetty poses for a photograph with his wife Radhi Devlukia-Shetty at the wedding reception of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

British author Jay Shetty poses for a photograph with his wife Radhi Devlukia-Shetty at the wedding reception of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

India's Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, left, along with his family, poses for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

India's Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, left, along with his family, poses for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Jeetendra, right, poses for a picture with his daughter Ekta Kapoor, center, and his son Tusshar Kapoor during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Jeetendra, right, poses for a picture with his daughter Ekta Kapoor, center, and his son Tusshar Kapoor during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian businessman Aadar Poonawalla, left, along with his family, poses for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian businessman Aadar Poonawalla, left, along with his family, poses for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Sanjay Dutt, second right, along with his family pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Sanjay Dutt, second right, along with his family pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Former Indian cricketer MS Dhoni poses for a photograph with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva Singh pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Former Indian cricketer MS Dhoni poses for a photograph with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva Singh pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, center, Navya Nanda, right and Nikhil Nanda pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, center, Navya Nanda, right and Nikhil Nanda pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Rajinikanth and his wife Latha Rajinikanth pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Rajinikanth and his wife Latha Rajinikanth pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newly wed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July 13, 2024.(AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Shahrukh Khan along with wife Gauri Khan and daughter Suhana Khan pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Shahrukh Khan along with wife Gauri Khan and daughter Suhana Khan pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

American stylist Law Roach reacts as he poses for a photograph at the wedding reception of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

American stylist Law Roach reacts as he poses for a photograph at the wedding reception of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, second left, shares a light moment with his family as they pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, second left, shares a light moment with his family as they pose for a picture during the blessing ceremony of newlywed couple Anant Ambani son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani's and his wife Radhika Merchant at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Saturday, July. 13, 2024. (AP Photo /Rajanish Kakade)

Nita Ambani greets media personnel at the wedding reception of her son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Nita Ambani greets media personnel at the wedding reception of her son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai, India, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Extravagant wedding celebrations for the son of Asia's richest man conclude with a reception

Extravagant wedding celebrations for the son of Asia's richest man conclude with a reception

In this photo provided by Reliance Industries, Anant Ambani, left, the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, holds hands with Radhika Merchant during their wedding ceremony at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 12, 2024. (Reliance Industries via AP)

In this photo provided by Reliance Industries, Anant Ambani, left, the son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, holds hands with Radhika Merchant during their wedding ceremony at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 12, 2024. (Reliance Industries via AP)

Extravagant wedding celebrations for the son of Asia's richest man conclude with a reception

Extravagant wedding celebrations for the son of Asia's richest man conclude with a reception

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