Russia's attacks on Ukraine, Trump rally, Day 2 of the NFL draft: 5 things to know Friday

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Russia continues to attack Ukraine with focus still on the Donbas region

The British Defense Ministry said in an update Friday that Russia’s focus in its war on Ukraine remains the eastern Donbas region. Western officials say the Kremlin’s apparent goal is to take the Donbas by encircling and crushing Ukrainian forces from the north, south and east. But so far, Russia’s troops appear to have made only minor gains — a senior U.S. defense official described them as covering several kilometers a day. British officials added Friday that the limited Russian territorial gains have been achieved at significant cost to their forces. This has not stopped Russia from continuing its blistering attacks as it pounded targets across Ukraine Thursday, including an assault on Kyiv that struck a residential high-rise and another building and wounded 10 people. The bombardment came barely an hour after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a news conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who toured some of the destruction in and around Kyiv and condemned the attacks on civilians.

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