43 injured in Russian attack on Pervomaiskyi, Kharkiv Oblast

As of around 6:30 p.m. local time, 43 people are known to have been wounded in Russia's July 4 attack on Kharkiv Oblast's Pervomaiskyi, reported Governor Oleh Syniehubov.

Among the injured are 12 children, with the youngest being only three months old, according to the Prosecutor General's Office.

Russian forces hit the town's center in the afternoon with an Iskander missile, Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin said, adding that there were no military facilities nearby - only residential buildings.

Nine apartment buildings were damaged in the attack, Syniehubov said on national television. Pervomaiskyi lies some 80 kilometers south of the regional capital, Kharkiv. The oblast is subjected to daily strikes by the Russian military due to its proximity to the Russo-Ukrainian border.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant again loses connection to its main power line

Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant again lost connection to its main external power line overnight on July 4, reported Ukraine's state nuclear energy agency Energoatom.

The plant then switched to the only available backup line, which was recently reconnected after four months of being inactive.

The 330 kilovolt (kV) backup power line was cut on March 1 due to damage on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River. From that day to July 1, the plant relied exclusively on the main power line for external electricity needed for reactor cooling and other critical functions.

The backup line can feed the station if the primary line becomes unavailable or damaged. Before Russia's full-scale war, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant had six backup lines and four main lines of 750 kV.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 's chief Rafael Grossi said on July 3 that while the restoration of the last backup line was positive, the plant's external power situation "remains highly vulnerable."

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has remained occupied since  March 2022.

Italy has frozen $2.5 billion worth of Russian assets

Italy has frozen about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in Russian oligarchs' assets since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year, the country's central bank said on July 4, as cited by Reuters.

The assets, seized as part of the European Union sanctions against Moscow, reportedly include bank accounts, luxury villas, yachts, and cars.

According to Reuters, the Bank of Italy's anti-money laundering (UIF) unit said in its annual report that the $2.5 billion figure had been updated as of the end of June.

The media outlet also cited the UIF's head Enzo Serata adding that Italy had frozen financial holdings worth around $360 million linked to 80 individuals under the sanctions regime.

Reuters wrote that some of the oligarchs targeted by the measures submitted legal appeals, including the Russian-Uzbek metallurgical and telecommunications magnate Alisher Usmanov.

On June 30, Bloomberg reported that European leaders had supported the idea of introducing a tax on windfall profits from frozen assets of the Russian Central Bank to finance Ukraine's restoration.