Monday Briefing – The New York Times

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Drones Hit Buildings in Moscow

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukrainian forces have launched at least three drones at Moscow, marking the latest in a series of attacks in Russia. One of the drones was destroyed in Odintsovo, just outside of Moscow, while the other two were intercepted by Russian air defenses but still managed to strike commercial buildings in the capital. Although Ukraine typically does not claim responsibility for attacks in Russia, senior Ukrainian officials have indicated that recent drone attacks on Moscow were orchestrated by Kyiv. Video footage from Russian state media shows the damage caused to one of Moscow’s prominent skyscrapers, with blown-out windows and twisted beams. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, referenced the attacks in his evening address but did not explicitly mention the strikes in Moscow. He did, however, state that “gradually, the war is returning to the territory of Russia,” including military and symbolic centers. Zelensky had previously vowed retaliation after two weeks of relentless Russian bombardment on Odesa, a city on the Black Sea.

Among the few breakthroughs in Ukraine’s halting counteroffensive is the recapture of the strategically significant village of Staromaiorske. Over the course of two months, Kyiv’s troops have advanced less than 10 miles along a 100-mile front.

Fatal Blast at Rally in Pakistan

At a rally organized by an Islamist party in northwestern Pakistan, an explosion occurred, resulting in the death of at least 43 people and leaving 200 more injured. This tragic incident highlights the worsening security situation in the country. The blast took place in Bajaur, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province near the Afghanistan border. A video from the rally shows hundreds of men seated beneath a cloth canopy while party officials address the crowd. As one district leader takes the stage, enthusiastic party workers stand up and chant “Allah is great” before the explosion shakes the crowd.

Authorities suspect that an Islamic State affiliate in the region, which has previously attacked the Taliban administration for its perceived failure to enforce strict interpretations of Islamic principles in Afghanistan, may have orchestrated the blast.

West African Nations Demand Democracy be Restored

Following a crisis summit in Nigeria, a coalition of West African leaders has threatened military action against Niger unless the country’s democratically elected president is reinstated within a week. The military coup in Niger saw soldiers seize power, but the new junta has shown no intention of relinquishing control and has warned against any foreign military intervention.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded the restoration of the ousted leader, Mohamed Bazoum. This demand aligns with earlier warnings from the United States and France, major security allies of Niger, that aid and military ties worth hundreds of millions of dollars would be cut if Bazoum is not reinstated.

From Opinion

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