Taken on June 10, 2022, this photo shows a local government building destroyed by a Russian missile attack in March 2022 in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ..
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The mayor said an explosion struck the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine on Saturday, causing Russian missiles to crash into apartments and shopping malls in other cities, killing dozens of people.
An air raid siren rang in the Mykolaiv area, adjacent to the important Black Sea harbor in Odesa.
“There is a powerful explosion in the city! Stay in the shelter!” Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych writes about the Telegram messaging app.
Russia said it struck a military command post in the area on Saturday, but the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Reuters was unable to validate the report on its own.
Kyiv deliberately vacated civilian locations while Moscow intensified missile attacks on targets far from the front lines, Russian troops regained profits on the eastern battlefield, and artillery attacked urban areas. Say you attacked.
Russia says it is targeting military installations and denies targeting civilians. “Russian troops are not cooperating with civilian targets,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
After a Monday strike at a shopping center in central Kremenchuk, where authorities said they left at least 19 dead, authorities said Friday in Odesa the block of apartments was partially flattened, leaving at least 21 people. He said he died.
In a video speech every night on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the strike of “a conscious and deliberately targeted Russian terrorist attack, not any error or accidental missile strike.”
Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday that it destroyed Ukrainian troops in Mykolaiv and eastern Donbas with precision weapons and attacked other military sites in southern Zaporizhia and northern Kharkiv.
Thousands of civilians have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and Moscow called it a “special military operation” to eradicate nationalists. Ukraine and its western allies say it is a war of aggression.
Residents of the resort village Serhiivka near Odessa helped workers pick up the rubble of a nine-story apartment that was partially destroyed by a strike on Friday.
“We came to the scene, evaluated the situation with rescuers and locals, and helped those who survived and unfortunately died. We helped take them away. “Orexandre Abramov, who lives nearby, said.
The area observes mourning days on Saturday.
The Serhiivka strike occurred shortly after Russia withdrew from Snake Island. Snake Island is a strategic Black Sea outcrop about 140 km (85 miles) southeast of Odesa seized on the first day of the war.
Russia used Snake Island to block Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain exporters and a major producer of vegetable oil seeds. The turmoil has helped raise global grain and food prices.
Russia, also a large grain producer, denied that it caused a food crisis and accused Western sanctions of damaging its exports.
President Putin met the Indonesian president on Thursday and spoke to the Indian Prime Minister on the phone on Friday, promising both major food importers that Russia would continue to supply grain.
As the missiles attacked the Ukrainian city, Russian troops in the east slowly went to the ground and dropped the Ukrainian shells fighting to hold the center of the city. Moscow aims to expel Ukraine from the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, which make up the industrial area known as Donbus.
Moscow was on the verge of occupying Luhansk Oblast since it occupied the city of Sieviero Donetsk last week after the fierce battle of the war.
The last Ukrainian fortress in Luhansk is Lysychans’k, which is likely to be surrounded by Russian artillery.
“The houses in the attacked villages are burning out one by one,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said in a telegram, adding that the bombardment stopped Lysychans’k residents from putting out the fire.
Governor Donetsk said four civilians were killed in the bombardment and 12 were injured on Friday.
Ukrainian troops reported extensive Russian bombardment on Friday, including the northern location of Kharkiv and Ukraine on the border between Smy and Chernihiv.
Zelenskyy said more weapons are needed in eastern and southern Ukraine. The United States said it is sending two NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, four additional counter-battery radars and ammunition in its latest shipment.