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Ukraine-Russia war latest: Putin’s forces ‘fire over 800 glide bombs’ in a week and repeatedly hit own territory

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Russian forces have used more than 800 glide bombs in the past week to hit Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky said last night.

Ukraine’s war-time president shared photos of the Russian strikes on the besieged country’s cities of Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Odesa, Sumy, Kherson, Donetsk and Kharkiv.

“This week alone, Russia has used more than 800 guided aerial bombs against Ukraine. Against our cities and communities, against our people, against everything that makes life normal,” he said on X, formerly Twitter.

He said this after Russia struck Ukraine’s two largest cities yesterday, with missile fragments falling on a suburban Kyiv apartment building and a guided bomb killing one person in Kharkiv. An eight-month-old infant was injured in the bombing in Kharkiv, officials said.

It comes as at least 38 of the bombs, which have been credited with helping Russia regain the initiative on the frontline, reportedly dropped onto Russian territory by accident, according to a leaked internal Russian document.

The document suggested that between April 2023 and April 2024, more than three dozen of the bombs fell from the fighter jets carrying them.

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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) last week reviewed a series of complaints from Ukraine and four European Union countries, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg, about satellite interference in recent months.

The complaining parties said the incidents have jammed GPS signals, endangered air traffic control and interrupted children’s TV channels to show violent images of the Ukraine war.

“The Board expressed its grave concern regarding the use of signals to cause intentional harmful interference,” the Geneva-based ITU’s Radio Regulations Board said in a statement.

It said that disruptions to the French and Swedish satellite networks “seemed to originate from earth station(s) located in the areas of Moscow, Kaliningrad and Pavlovka” and called them “extremely worrisome and unacceptable”.

It asked Russia to immediately cease its actions and to investigate the incidents. The body also called a meeting between the affected countries and Russia to resolve the cases and prevent them from recurring.

Russia’s diplomatic mission in Geneva did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moscow, which denies breaking ITU rules, had also complained about alleged satellite interference by Nato countries but this was not treated by the ITU body during last week’s meeting, for reasons which were not immediately clear.

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