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"Yesterday, Russian border guards celebrated their professional holiday. The fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps congratulated them by successfully crossing the 'holey' state border once again," one of the Russian militia groups fighting on Ukraine's side said on May 29.
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Russian troops hit the villages of Kozatske and Zolota Balka in Ukraine's southern Kherson Oblast on May 29, the regional administration reported. A 61-year-old man was killed in his house as a result of the Kozatske shelling, according to the report.
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Russia shelled two villages in the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 29, injuring at least seven people, including the elderly, children, and a pregnant woman, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.
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Moldova’s President Maia Sandu warned against the dangers of Russian propaganda and disinformation in the country and proposed the creation of a new governmental body to counter this threat. The envisioned “Patriot Center” would coordinate and implement the state's strategy on combatting disinformation, Sandu said during a press conference on May 29.
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According to updated information by the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Russia launched 40 cruise missiles and 38 attack drones in the overnight attack. Ukraine’s air defense successfully intercepted 30 Shahed kamikaze drones and 36 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, the General Staff wrote.

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CNN: Russia tried to destroy Patriot system with hypersonic missile

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 13, 2023 12:29 PM 1 min read
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Russia tried to destroy an advanced U.S.-built Patriot air defense system with a hypersonic missile, two undisclosed U.S. officials told CNN on May 12.

The attack failed, as Ukraine's air defense intercepted the missile using the Patriot system.

The Air Force reported that a Patriot was used to destroy a ballistic missile over Kyiv Oblast that Russia launched from MiG-31K in its territory at around 2:30 a.m. on May 4.

The interception marked the first known successful Ukrainian use of the advanced air defense system only weeks after its arrival.

The military leadership first decided not to publish information about the downing of the missile due to "quite obvious" reasons.

"The fact that this intercept was conducted by a Ukrainian crew that was trained in Oklahoma, but had no U.S. advisers on the battlefield, is even more of a feather in the cap for the Pentagon," an undisclosed source told CNN on May 8, calling it a major return on investment.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has boasted about the capabilities of Russia’s hypersonic weapons and cast them as capable of overcoming all existing air defense systems.

The intercept also has likely caused a severe amount of uncertainty for Russia, raising the question of whether Ukraine has a sustainable countermeasure against hypersonic ballistic missiles, according to CNN's sources.

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