Russia-Ukraine war live: Russia launches overnight attack on Zaporizhzhia; Belarus begins air force drills with Russia

LIVE – Updated at 07:40 Regional officials say civilians were injured during the strike; Minsk says drills are ‘purely defensive’ amid fears in Ukraine of

new offensive.   07:40 The Russian state-owned news agency is reporting claims from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) that in the last week

two people died and four were injured by Ukrainian fire into the territory which the LPR occupies and which the Russian Federation claims to have annexed. Tass also

reported the claim that 52 houses and three civil infrastructure facilities were destroyed and damaged, including one educational institution, in the attacks. Tass said that the

claims, which have not been independently verified, were reported by a representative of the so-called “Joint centre for control and coordination of issues related to war crimes

of Ukraine”. Prior to Russia’s claim to have annexed the Luhansk region, the LPR, which was formed in 2014, was recognised as a legitimate authority by only three UN

member states: Russia, Syria and North Korea.   07:39 Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office of president of Ukraine, has given more details of an attack

of Zaporizhzhia in a Telegram post. He writes: The occupiers launched a rocket attack on the regional centre. The rocket hit next to a five-story building. Five

people, including 2 children aged 9 and 15, were injured by glass fragments. The children were hospitalised. In the building itself, the windows were broken, the supporting

structures were not damaged.