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    Ukraine Aims a Major Drone Attack at Crimea as Russia Tries to Capture a Destroyed Eastern City

    Ukraine Aims a Major Drone Attack at Crimea as Russia Tries to Capture a Destroyed Eastern City

    KYIV, (AP) — Ukraine launched one of the biggest drone attacks on the -annexed Crimean Peninsula since the full-scale war that started with 's invasion 21 months ago, Russian officials said Friday.

    At the same time, Ukrainian officials reported that the Kremlin's forces escalated their weekslong and costly attempt to storm Avdiivka, a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine.

    The stepped-up efforts came as both sides are keen to show they are not deadlocked as the fighting approaches 2024. Neither side has gained much ground despite a Ukrainian counteroffensive that began in June, and analysts predict the war will be a long one.

    With winter weather setting in, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to the battlefield, Ukraine and Russia are looking to take ground that could provide platforms for future advances.

    The Moscow-appointed governor for the Russian-occupied part of southern Ukraine's Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, said Ukraine launched a major drone attack on Crimea early Friday. He claimed that dozens of drones were shot down over the province and the northern part of Crimea.

    Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, a move that most of the world considered illegal, and has used it as a staging and supply point during the war.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said defenses downed 13 Ukrainian drones over Crimea and three more over southern Russia's Volgograd…

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