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Ukraine Recap: Russia to Boost Air Defense After Moscow Targeted

(Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin pledged to boost air defenses around Moscow after the Kremlin blamed Kyiv for the biggest attack on the Russian capital since the invasion of Ukraine started. Russia said it downed eight drones.

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UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly backed Ukraine’s right to strike into Russia in self-defense, edging closer to support of such actions than the US or some other NATO allies. “Legitimate military targets beyond its own border are part of Ukraine’s self-defense,” he told reporters in Estonia, although he said he wasn’t commenting on the most recent attacks.

The bipartisan agreement to avert an American debt default won’t constrain the Biden administration’s ability to provide more aid for Ukraine, a White House official said Tuesday, as the US looks to reassure Kyiv that weapons and other assistance will keep flowing.

Any additional military assistance would move through Congress in a supplemental measure that wouldn’t be subject to the deal’s caps on federal spending, according to the official, who asked not to be identified discussing internal deliberations.

Earlier, Russia carried out another night of attacks on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, the 17th so far this month. One person was killed and seven were injured, Serhiy Popko, the head of the city’s military administration, said on Telegram.

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