Ukraine war live updates: Russian strikes kill three in Donetsk, officials say; Ukraine destroys Russian landing ship in Black Sea

Ukrainian soldiers prepare L119 artillery in the direction of Bakhmut, as Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on February 13, 2024. 

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Russian missile strikes on a town in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region killed three people overnight, including one child, officials said.

Donetsk Governor Vadym Filashkin said 12 people were injured and a five-story building and a hospital building were destroyed in the town of Selydove.

The war-torn region has come under heavy shelling almost daily, according to reports by local officials, who also say Russia has been targeting critical infrastructure in the area. Russia has occupied just over half of Donetsk.

Separately, Ukraine’s military said Wednesday it destroyed a Russian landing ship in the Black Sea, off the coast of occupied Crimea. CNBC was unable to independently verify the reports.

Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers are continuing to debate the future of a major bill which would provide $61 billion for Ukraine. The national security act was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, but now faces the more difficult task of being approved in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he was confident the bill, which also provides assistance for Israel and U.S. allies in Asia-Pacific, could be passed. However, it remains strongly opposed by many Republicans, who say it has not included their demands for U.S. border security measures.

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