Civilians killed as Russia intensifies attacks across Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russian forces have fired missiles and shells at cities and cities throughout Ukraine after Russia’s army introduced it was stepping up its onslaught in opposition to its neighbour, with Ukrainian officers reporting that a minimum of 17 extra civilians had been killed.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu gave “directions to additional intensify the actions of items in all operational areas, to be able to exclude the opportunity of the Kyiv regime launching large rocket and artillery assaults on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements within the Donbas and different areas,” his ministry mentioned on Saturday.

Russia’s army marketing campaign has been specializing in the jap Donbas area, however the brand new assaults hit areas within the north and south as nicely. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, has seen particularly extreme bombardments in latest days, with Ukrainian officers and native commanders voicing fears {that a} second full-scale Russian assault on the northern metropolis could also be looming.

At the least three civilians have been killed and three extra have been injured on Saturday in a pre-dawn Russian rocket assault on the northern Ukrainian metropolis of Chuhuiv, which is near Kharkiv and solely 120km (75 miles) from the Russian border, a regional police chief mentioned.

Serhiy Bolvinov, the deputy head of Kharkiv’s regional police power, mentioned the rockets partly destroyed a two-storey residence constructing.

“4 Russian rockets, presumably fired from round (the Russian metropolis of) Belgorod at evening, at about 3:30am, hit a residential constructing, a faculty and administrative buildings,” Bolvinov wrote on Fb. He mentioned the our bodies of the three useless civilians have been discovered underneath the rubble.

Within the neighbouring Sumy area, one civilian was killed and a minimum of seven extra have been injured after Russians opened mortar and artillery hearth on three cities and villages not removed from the Russian border, regional governor Dmytro Zhyvytsky mentioned Saturday on Telegram.

Local residents walk past a damaged building partially destroyed after a shelling in the city of Chuguiv, east of Kharkiv, on July 16, 2022. - In the northeast region around Ukraine's second city of Kharkiv, governor Oleg Synegubov said an overnight Russian missile attack killed three people in the town of Chuguiv.
Native residents stroll previous a constructing broken by shelling in Chuhuiv, east of Kharkiv [Sergey Bobok/AFP]

Within the embattled jap Donetsk area, seven civilians have been killed and 14 wounded within the final 24 hours in assaults on cities, its governor mentioned Saturday.

Later within the day, on the outskirts of Pokrovsk, a metropolis within the Donetsk area, a lady mentioned a neighbour was killed by a rocket assault Saturday afternoon. Tetiana Pashko informed The Related Press she herself suffered a reduce on her leg, and one among her household’s canines was killed.

She mentioned her 35-year-old neighbour, killed whereas in her entrance yard, had evacuated earlier this yr as authorities had requested however had returned house after being unable to assist herself. A number of houses on a quiet residential road have been broken, with doorways and roofs torn up or ripped away.

Within the neighbouring Luhansk area, Ukrainian troops repelled a Russian in a single day assault on a strategic jap freeway, regional governor Serhiy Haidai mentioned, including that Russia had been trying to seize the principle highway between the cities of Lysychansk and Bakhmut for greater than two months.

“They nonetheless can not management a number of kilometres of this highway,” Haidai wrote in a Telegram put up.

The Luhansk and Donetsk areas make up the Donbas, an jap industrial area that used to energy Ukraine’s economic system and has principally been taken over by Russian and separatist forces.

In Ukraine’s south, two individuals have been wounded by Russian shelling within the city of Bashtanka, northeast of the Black Sea metropolis of Mykolaiv, in accordance the regional governor, Vitaliy Kim. He mentioned Mykolaiv itself got here underneath renewed Russian hearth earlier than daybreak Saturday. On Friday, he posted videos of what he mentioned was a Russian missile assault on the town’s two largest universities and denounced Russia as “a terrorist state”.

In Odesa, a port metropolis on the Black Sea, a Russian missile hit a warehouse, engulfing it in flames and sending up a plume of black smoke, however no accidents have been reported, native officers mentioned.

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Russia accused of shelling from captured nuclear plant

Two individuals have been killed and a lady was hospitalised after a Russian rocket hit the jap riverside metropolis of Nikopol, emergency companies mentioned. Dnipro regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko mentioned a five-storey residence block, a faculty and a vocational college constructing have been broken.

Ukraine’s atomic vitality company accused Russia of utilizing Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant to retailer weapons and shell the encircling areas of Nikopol and Dnipro that have been hit Saturday.

Petro Kotin, president of Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom, known as the scenario on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant “extraordinarily tense” with as much as 500 Russian troopers controlling the plant.

The plant in southeast Ukraine has been underneath Russian management for the reason that early weeks of Moscow’s invasion, although it’s nonetheless operated by Ukrainian workers.

“The occupiers convey their equipment there, together with missile methods, from which they already shell the opposite facet of the river Dnieper and the territory of Nikopol,” he mentioned in a Ukrainian tv interview broadcast Friday.

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The Ukrainian air power mentioned Russian forces fired six extra cruise missiles on Saturday from strategic bombers within the Caspian Sea, and two hit a farm within the Cherkasy area alongside the Dnieper River. Nobody was harm, however agricultural tools was destroyed and a few cattle have been killed, regional governor Ihor Taburets mentioned.

The Ukrainian air power mentioned the opposite 4 missiles have been intercepted.

On Friday, cruise missiles fired by Russian bombers struck Dnipro, a serious metropolis in southeastern Ukraine on the Dnieper River, killing a minimum of three individuals and wounding 16, Ukrainian officers mentioned. In a information briefing Saturday, Russian defence officers claimed that the assault had destroyed “workshops producing elements for, and repairing, Tochka-U ballistic missiles, in addition to a number of rocket launchers”.

Ukraine’s Inside Ministry mentioned Friday that Russian forces have carried out greater than 17,000 assaults on civilian targets through the battle, killing hundreds of fighters and civilians and driving hundreds of thousands from their houses.

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