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Drone Attacks Target Moscow, Kremlin retaliates



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In a shocking turn of events, both Moscow and Kyiv became the targets of multiple drone attacks, marking a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. While details are still emerging, the situation is fraught with conflicting narratives and escalating tensions.

According to Russian officials, at least eight drones targeted Moscow, specifically hitting exclusive neighborhoods where senior officials reside. The defense ministry claims that all eight drones were successfully intercepted, with some being suppressed by electronic warfare and others shot down by the Pantsir-S missile system. The ministry said, “Three of them were suppressed by electronic warfare, lost control and deviated from their intended targets. Another five drones were shot down by the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system in the Moscow region.” There were no serious injuries reported in Moscow.

However, the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was not spared from the assault either. Ukrainian officials reported an overnight drone attack, resulting in one confirmed fatality and buildings catching fire due to falling debris. Ukrainian air defenses intercepted over 20 drones during the attack.

Both Russia and Ukraine have traded accusations over the origins and motives behind these drone attacks. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on Russian TV, claimed that the attack was in response to alleged Russian aggression against Ukraine’s military intelligence HQ. He described the Kyiv regime’s actions as terrorism and accused them of provoking Russia into a reciprocal response.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government denied any direct involvement in the attacks but expressed satisfaction at witnessing events unfold. Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak even predicted a rise in similar incidents.

The international community has been cautious in responding to these developments. The US State Department reiterated that it does not support attacks inside Russia and is still gathering information about the drone strikes. However, Russia’s foreign ministry criticized Western support for Ukraine, accusing it of pushing the Ukrainian leadership toward reckless criminal deeds.

Furthermore, the unprecedented nature of these drone attacks raises concerns about the effectiveness of air defense systems in both Moscow and Kyiv. While Russian authorities claim that their defenses dealt satisfactorily with the threat, President Putin acknowledged that improvements are needed to detect and counter low-altitude drones.

As tensions continue to escalate between Russia and Ukraine, the situation remains volatile and unpredictable. The conflicting narratives and lack of independent verification complicate efforts to fully understand the events surrounding these drone attacks. The international community watches with growing apprehension as the conflict between the two countries enters a new and dangerous phase.

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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago



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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.

The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57%  the preceding quarter.

The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.

592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:

They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.

Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.

Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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