Kyiv repels attack, Japan sanctions Russia

Air defense shoots down missiles targeting Kyiv.

A couple walks past a damaged building in the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine on April 8, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Russian bomb drones and missiles attacked Ukraine’s capital for the second straight night but the city’s air defense spared it from casualties and damage.

Kyiv’s military administration said on its Telegram account Friday that all cruise missiles fired by Tu-95MS strategic bombers from the Caspian Sea region were destroyed.

An S-300 missile hit a dam in the Karlivka area of the Donetsk region threatening to flood nearby settlements, the Ukrainian General Staff said.

The UGS reported 55 Russian air attacks over the past day, including 36 by explosive drones and four missile attacks.

Meanwhile, Japan announced fresh sanctions against Russia on Friday over its invasion of Ukraine.

Tokyo froze the assets of 17 individuals and 78 groups from Russia, including
high-level military officials.

It also restricted exports to 80 organizations, including the Russian mobile phone operator MegaFon.

The latest embargo by Tokyo follows the Group of Seven summit Japan hosted last week in Hiroshima, where the bloc’s leaders agreed to “starve Russia of G7 technology, industrial equipment and services that support its war machine.”

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