A missile slammed right into a postal depot in a single day on the outskirts of Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, Kharkiv, killing six staff and wounding no less than 16 different workers, the Ukrainian authorities stated.
The depot was in Korotych, one of many metropolis’s western suburbs, stated Oleh Syniehubov, of the regional army administration, in a put up on the Telegram messaging app. In a separate message, Ukraine’s prosecutor’s workplace accused Russian forces stationed throughout the border within the Belgorod area of firing a surface-to-air missile. The Ukrainian statements couldn’t be independently confirmed.
“A missile has just hit it,” the personal postal operator, Nova Poshta, stated in an announcement on Facebook that included video of bomb injury. “There are dead and injured, including those seriously injured. They had no chance to run to the shelter, because the sirens sounded seconds before.”
The same video posted on-line by President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine confirmed emergency staff on the warehouse-style depot, which had been shattered by what seemed to be an explosion that had additionally broken a sequence of supply vehicles. The blast had scattered shards of glass and metallic over a parking zone.
“Russia will not be able to achieve anything through terror and murder,” Mr. Zelensky wrote on Telegram. “We need to respond to Russian terror every day with our results on the front lines.”
The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, additionally condemned the assault in a put up on X, the social media community previously often called Twitter, and stated that “the United States stands with Ukraine to hold Russia accountable.”
Kharkiv is round 60 miles from the entrance line within the conflict, however solely about 20 miles from the Russian border. As a end result, it has been repeatedly focused by missiles, at the same time as Moscow has made no concerted try to take management of town since early in its full-scale invasion of Ukraine that started 20 months in the past.
Ukraine’s inside minister, Ihor Klymenko, stated that Russia’s air power additionally struck a coal mine within the metropolis of Toretsk, within the Donetsk area, in a single day, and that Russian mortars had hit homes within the metropolis of Kherson in southern Ukraine. Mr. Klymenko stated that there have been no casualties. Ukraine’s armed forces stated on Sunday that they’d shot down three Russian exploding drones in a single day.
Russia has carried out a marketing campaign of missile and drone strikes in opposition to civilian targets in Ukraine in parallel with its invasion. Since February 2022, greater than 9,000 civilians have been recorded killed and almost 18,000 folks have been wounded, in line with information from the United Nations. Explosions quite than gunfire have induced nearly all of the casualties, the U.N. has stated.
At the identical time, there was comparatively little change to frontline positions this 12 months, regardless of a Russian offensive within the east of the nation that started in January and appeared to culminate in May with the seizure of town of Bakhmut. A Ukrainian counteroffensive that started in June has resulted within the recapture of some territory, together with villages within the south and east of the nation.
Both sides have sustained substantial army casualties, however Russian minefields, trenches and defensive obstacles, in addition to its artillery and drones, have mixed to impede Ukraine’s effort to win again territory.
In one sector of the entrance line, Russian forces had began digging tunnels as a part of their effort to seize town of Avdiivka, within the Donetsk area, Anton Kotsukon, a spokesman for a Ukrainian brigade preventing to defend town, stated on nationwide tv on Saturday.
“Heavy fighting is taking place every day,” Mr. Kotsukon stated, referring to the Russian assault. “Every day, they deploy additional forces to conduct assault operations.”