The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said Thursday its forces are countering the Russian offensive “with dignity” and inflicting losses on Moscow’s troops.
“National Defence Forces, using the right for self-defence according to the article 51 of the United Nations Charter are countering with dignity the enemy’s attempts to break through the state border,” the Ministry said in a statement shared on Whatsapp. “Situation is controlled. The Russian troops are suffering losses.”
The Ministry also said there had been “no losses among the defenders of Ukraine.”
In an earlier statement, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said it had neutralized Ukrainian air defenses.
CNN has been unable to independently verify either of these claims.
Seven people are known to have died in bombing by Russian forces, Ukrainian police say.
Officials say an attack on a military unit in Podilsk, outside Odessa killed six people and wounded seven.
Nineteen people are also missing.
One person died in the city of Mariupol, they added.
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