Russia-Ukraine war news: Kremlin blames Kyiv for drone strikes on Moscow

In a rare attack deep inside Russian territory, at least two residential buildings in Moscow were hit by drones Tuesday morning, Moscow’s mayor said on Telegram. No one was seriously injured, the mayor said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed without providing evidence that Ukraine was behind the drone strikes, which it called a “terrorist attack.” Kyiv denied involvement. The Washington Post was unable to independently verify the claims. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the attacks would provoke retaliation.

The strikes in Moscow occurred after Russia conducted its third aerial attack on Kyiv in 24 hours. Falling debris killed at least one person and wounded at least four people in Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. The air raid was the 17th this month, he said.

Later Tuesday, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented the U.N. Security Council with the agency’s monitoring plan: a set of safeguards meant to avoid an accident at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. The plan calls for unhindered operation and maintenance of nuclear facilities, as well as several commitments regarding attacks and weapon storage in and around the plant.

“We are fortunate that a nuclear accident has not yet happened,” Grossi said. Still, he warned, if the status quo continues, “one day our luck will run out.”

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

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Isobel Koshiw and Natalia Abbakumova contributed to this report.

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