Russia says it repelled four Ukrainian overnight attacks in the Zaporizhzhia region

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that his forces had repelled overnight attempts by Ukrainian forces to break through the frontline in the southern Zaporizhzhia region, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

Shoigu was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying that four separate Ukrainian attacks along the front had been halted and that Kyiv's forces had been forced to retreat "with heavy losses."

Reuters could not independently verify his assertions.