Russia launched attacks against nine Ukrainian oblasts over the past 24 hours, killing eight civilians and wounding 66, Ukraine's Defense Ministry media center reported on March 28.
Russian attacks were reported in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, and Luhansk oblasts in the east, south, and north of Ukraine.
According to the report, Russia struck a total of 124 settlements using mortars, tanks, artillery, S-300 missiles, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), Kh-31 cruise missiles, drones, and tactical aviation.
Seventy-six infrastructure facilities have been hit.
According to Ukraine's Air Force, Russia launched 15 Iranian-made Shahed drones and two guided bombs to attack the country overnight on March 28.
Ukraine's air defenses shot down 14 drones, said the Air Force in the morning.
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Ukraine's military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said that Russia’s goal is still to destroy Ukrainian statehood and reach the administrative border of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts to “keep what they already have," but that they "have been unable to do (so) by military means."
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