UKRAINE/ RUSSIA: Twenty people have reportedly been wounded, and it’s feared that there are still more trapped, following an alleged Russian strike on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro. In a video shared by President Volodymyr Zelensky, survivors were seen wearing the wreckage of a two-storey building.
Another official stated that five of the victims were youngsters and that a man had been extricated from the wreckage.
Additionally, explosions have been heard over Kyiv, the country’s capital, where air defence systems have once again been deployed.
Air raid warnings have been issued for the entirety of Ukraine. Russia has made no remarks regarding the recent incidents.
Zelensky described the explosion in Dnipro as a planned Russian attack, even though Russia has previously denied deliberately targeting civilians during its invasion of a bordering country. According to the regional governor, fires started after the claimed walkout in a city neighbourhood in the north.
Serhiy Lysak stated that five kids were hurt, with three boys’ conditions being considered serious. He added that 17 of the 20 victims of the incident who sustained injuries were transferred to a hospital.
Other regions of the nation also reported explosions. The military administration of the Ukrainian capital stated on the Telegram messaging channel that air defence systems were activated early on Sunday to fend off air attacks close to Kyiv.
Officials in Sumy, in the north, reported 87 blasts as a result of Russian shelling, mentioning injuries and infrastructure destruction.
The southern Russian-controlled cities of Berdyansk and Melitopol also had over a dozen explosions; however, specifics were scarce. Officials in Russia reported early on Saturday that two more people had died in new attacks in the border town of Belgorod.
Local officials stated that Ukraine was to blame, even though Ukraine claimed responsibility for the fatalities, alleging that Russia had been seeking to assassinate militants who fought against the Moscow government.
In recent weeks, there have been a number of attacks in the area, most notably a significant cross-border invasion late last month that, according to Moscow, resulted in the deaths of 70 assailants.
Kyiv denied any direct involvement, again saying that Russian paramilitaries were behind the attack.
In other developments, a close advisor to President Zelensky recently stated that his nation is not yet prepared to launch its long-promised counteroffensive against occupying Russian soldiers.
In an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times, Dr Ihor Zhovkva attributed the problem to a lack of weapons and ammo. His statements appeared to be at odds with those of Zelensky, who was quoted as claiming Ukraine was prepared to begin the action just one day earlier.
However, the Sunday Times noted that Ukrainian officials’ contradictory remarks could be a deliberate ploy to perplex Moscow.