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Russia Escalates Strike on Southeast City as Ukrainians Advance

  • Zaporizhzhia city hit by Iranian drones, military says
  • At least 12 civilians were killed in two days in the city
Firefighters tackle a blaze following a Russian rocket attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Oct. 6.
Firefighters tackle a blaze following a Russian rocket attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Oct. 6.Photographer: Marina Moiseyenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s military intensified an assault on the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least 12 people over two days as Ukrainian forces advanced further in the country’s northeast. 

Zaporizhzhia, a regional center with a pre-war population of more than 700,000, was targeted by Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones for the first time overnight, the regional military administration said on its Telegram channel on Friday. Russia also fired nine S-300 missiles, hitting residential buildings, shops, cars and medical institutions, it said.