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Ukrainian Drone Strike Kills 5 in Russian Border Village

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On Saturday, a tragic drone strike targeted a residence in Gorodishche, a small village in Russia's Kursk region near the Ukrainian border, resulting in the deaths of five people, including two young children, according to Kursk governor Alexei Smirnov. Two other family members were reported to be in critical condition following the attack.

Governor Smirnov conveyed the heartbreaking news via Telegram, confirming that the strike utilized a "copter"-style drone, a compact device capable of carrying grenades or explosives for precision strikes. Both Russia and Ukraine have deployed various drone models extensively since the conflict escalated in February 2022, with larger drones equipped for self-detonation used to target strategic locations.

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Throughout this year, Ukraine has intensified its military operations targeting Russian territory, focusing on energy facilities it alleges support Russia's military efforts, as well as towns and villages near the border. These actions have escalated tensions in the region significantly.

In response to these attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a significant new land offensive in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region recently. Putin stated that the offensive aimed to create a "buffer zone" and push Ukrainian forces back to protect Russia's Belgorod region from cross-border shelling.

The Kursk region, where Saturday's tragic drone attack occurred, is situated farther north, opposite Ukraine's Sumy region, currently under Ukrainian control. The incident underscores the ongoing volatility and humanitarian impact of the conflict, with civilian casualties mounting on both sides amid intensified military engagements and strategic maneuvers.

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