Ukraine updates: Russia ups security after 'drone attack'
Moscow said it was tightening security after two drones exploded over the Kremlin, days before the annual Victory Day parade
Russia on Thursday tightened security in Moscow as it prepares to host its annual military parade in the capital to mark Victory Day or the end of World War II.
Victory Day on May 9 commemorates the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazi Germany in World War II. Foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the event.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "everything will be strengthened." "Everything has already been strengthened in preparation for the Victory Day parade," Peskov told reporters.
The grand celebrations associated with Russia's most important holiday takes place in Moscow's Red Square.
Russia on Wednesday accused Kyiv of sending drones, that were intercepted by Russian forces, in a foiled attempt to assassinate Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Russian state news agency RIA reported that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin issued a ban on using drones in the Russian capital unless they were used by authorities.
Sobyanin provided no reason for the ban, which was issued shortly before the news about the alleged drone explosions over the Kremlin broke.
Here are some of the other headlines concerning Russia's war in Ukraine on Thursday, May 4:
Kremlin says "absolutely ridiculous" for Kyiv to disown drone explosions
The Kremlin said it was "absolutely ridiculous" for Kyiv and Washington to try to disown the explosions over the presidential palace on Wednesday.
The Kremlin accused Kyiv of staging a drone attack in an attempt to assassinate Russian leader Vladimir Putin that was foiled by Russian forces.
Ukrainian leader Zelenskyy said Kyiv had nothing to do with the incident.
Zelenskyy visits ICC at The Hague
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the International Criminal Court(ICC) in The Hague on Thursday and delivered a speech about peace and justice in Ukraine.
Zelenskyy's visit is a highly symbolic one – the ICC in Marchissued an international arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes relating to the deportation of Ukrainian children.
Russia denies the charges and says the ICC has no jurisdiction.
Zelenskyy was was welcomed at the court by its president, judge Piotr Hofmanski.
The trip comes off the back of Zelenskyy's visit to Finland on Wednesday where he met with leaders from Nordic countries.
"I believe that this year will be decisive for us, for Europe, for Ukraine, decisive for victory," Zelenskyy told reporters in Helsinki.
Death toll rises after Russian shelling of Kherson
Local officials said the death toll of Wednesday's artillery attack on Kherson has risen to 23.
Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said the Russian shells hit a railway station, supermarket, gas station, and a home.
"The enemy's targets are the places where we live. Their targets are our lives and the lives of our children," he said.
Prokudin said 46 people had also been wounded.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday decried the attacks on Kherson, condemning "the bloody trail that Russia leaves behind with its shells."
Ukraine says it destroyed 18 out of 24 Russian drones
Ukraine has down 18 out of 24 kamikaze drones that Russia launched in a pre-dawn attack on Thursday, the Ukrainian air force said.
All missiles and drones targeting Kyiv for the third time have been destroyed, said the city's administration in a statement.
"The Russians have attacked Kyiv using Shahed loitering munitions and missiles, likely the ballistic type," read the statement.
The air defense officials also added that out of 15 drones fired toward the coastal city of Odesa, 12 were destroyed while three struck a university compound.
There were no casualties, said the southern military command.
Drone attack hits Russian oil refinery
Russian emergency responders have extinguished a fire at an oil refinery on Thursday.
The fire reportedly broke out in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk after a drone attack, setting alight tanks that contained oil products.
"A second turbulent night for our emergency services," Krasnodar governor Veniamin Kondratyev wrote on Telegram. He added that there were no casualties.
The incident comes not long after Russia reported a drone attack on the Kremlin, and days after an attack on a Russian oil depot in Crimea. Ukraine rarely claims responsibility for attacks in Russia or Crimea.
Explosions heard in Kyiv
Loud explosions could be heard in Kyiv in the early hours of Thursday morning.
"Air defenses are working in the Kyiv region," the regional military administration said on Telegram.
Local media also reported explosions in Zaporizhzhia and Odesa.
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