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Relatives of missing people submit DNA samples in bid to identify some of the 23 killed in Vinnytsia attack

The city of Mykolaiv in Ukraine was hit by an onslaught of strikes overnight causing "powerful explosions," as fighting intensifies and Ukrainian forces try to penetrate Russian occupation in southern areas of the country.

Brittney Griner arrived at the Khimki court of the Moscow region Friday for a fourth hearing in her trial, where lawyers defending the WNBA star told judges she was prescribed medical cannabis for "severe chronic pain."

Here are the latest developments:

Missile strikes bombard Mykolaiv: Details of this morning’s ten missile strikes in Mykolaiv emerged at an on-camera press briefing by Vitalii Kim, head of the city's regional military administration. Kim said five S-300 missiles hit the National University of Shipbuilding and four hit the National University of Mykolaiv (formerly the Pedagogical Institute) in central Mykolaiv. Rescue teams are working at the sites of the strikes, where the city's mayor, Oleksandr Syenkevych, said there are two people injured "as of now."

New details emerge in Brittney Griner trial: During Griner's hearing Friday, her defense team submitted to the Russian court a letter from a US medical center issuing a permit in the state of Arizona for the use of medical cannabis for Griner to treat her chronic pain, caused by sports injuries. Griner’s court hearing was subsequently postponed until Tuesday, July 26 after her defense team said they needed time to prepare their client for the next steps of the trial. “Yesterday was quite an emotional day for her ... And now she just wants to take a rest,” one of Griner’s lawyers, Alexander Boykov, told reporters outside the court.

Zelensky calls for Russia to be recognized as "terrorist state": Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the international community to officially recognize Russia as a terrorist state after missiles struck the city of Vinnytsia Thursday. He said that among 23 people killed were three children under the age of 10. "Russia has shown its attitude to international law, to Europe, and to the entire civilized world," he said. "It is absolutely necessary to implement as soon as possible such restrictions against Russian energy exports, which will not allow terrorists to cover their costs at the expense of the international community."

Ukrainian forces regain control in parts of Kherson: More than 40 settlements in the largely Russian-occupied Kherson region have been liberated, according to Dmytro Butriy, the acting head of the region's military administration. A Ukrainian offensive in Kherson began in May and has since recovered a number of villages, but no towns of any size. Butriy said the settlements were still suffering as they were under constant Russian bombardment. "We urge people to evacuate to protect themselves and their families. Russian occupiers are not human," he added.

Putin ratifies economic measures to bolster military: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Thursday allowing the government to introduce special economic measures to support the Russian armed forces during "counter-terrorism and other operations" outside the country. As the special measures get adopted, companies will not be able to refuse government contracts and employees will have to work at night and on holidays. The government also received the right to temporarily reactivate mobilization capacities and facilities and the right to unbook the material assets of the state reserve.

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