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Drone Strikes on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday ordered officials to increase security on the border of Ukraine as a flurry of drones flew into southern and western Russia, including one that crashed 60 miles from Moscow. Russia believes a Ukrainian-made drone found near Moscow was likely intended to hit an energy facility. Ukraine has not taken responsibility for the strike. No casualties or damages were reported.

On the ground, Ukrainian officials said conditions in the besieged eastern city of Bakhmut, which once had a population of 75,000, were becoming more difficult as Russia tries to cut off Ukraine's supply routes.

More than 60,000 Russian soldiers are estimated to have died so far in the first year of the Ukraine invasion, according to a new analysis. The figure is more than the combined number of deaths from all of Russia's wars since World War II. On Ukraine's side, at least 13,000 soldiers have died, according to estimates in December.

Separately, China is hosting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, an ally of Russia, in Beijing this week.

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