kyiv denounces “Russian terror” after strikes in Odessa region | War in Ukraine
< p class="e-p">The separatists supported by the Russian army also claim to have “totally” surrounded Lysytchansk, which the Ukrainian army denies.
A woman cries in front of her building destroyed by Russian shelling in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region.
Ukraine has denounced “deliberate Russian terror” and renewed calls for Western anti-missile systems after deadly strikes in the Odessa region as kyiv forces face an “extremely difficult” situation in Lyssychansk, a key city in the Battle of Donbass.
According to Ukrainian military and civilian authorities, at least 21 people, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed on Friday before the x27;dawn by three Russian missiles that destroyed a large building and a tourist complex in Sergiyivka, a town on the Black Sea coast, about 80 km from Odessa, in southern Ukraine.
“This is deliberate Russian terror and not some mistake or accidental missile strike. »
— Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Local authorities assure that there was not the slightest military target at the location of the keystrokes.
In response to the Ukrainian accusations, the Kremlin assured that the armed forces of Russia do not operate on civilian targets in Ukraine, a reaction described as inhumane and cynical by Berlin.
According to kyiv, the strikes on Sergiyivka injured 38, including five children, two of them in serious condition.
A residential building destroyed by a Russian missile launch in the Odessa region
I call on our partners to provide Ukraine with missile defense systems as soon as possible. Help us save lives, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba pleaded once again on Twitter, calling Russia a terrorist state.
According to the; Ukrainian army, the weapons used against Sergiïvka are Soviet cruise missiles dating from the Cold War and designed to strike a carrier battle group, the same type that struck a shopping center in Kremenchuk (central Ukraine) in broad daylight on Monday. Ukraine, 200 km from the front) and having killed at least 19 people according to the latest still provisional relief report.
Mr. Zelensky acknowledged that the situation remains extremely difficult in Lyssychansk, an industrial city in Donbass, where most of the fighting is concentrated.
The separatists supported by the Russian army for their part claimed on Saturday to have completely surrounded Lyssytchansk. The Luhansk People's Militia [the separatist army] and the Russian armed forces have occupied the last strategic heights, which allows us to affirm that the locality of Lysychansk is completely surrounded, indicated a separatist representative, Andreï Marochko, quoted by the Russian news agency TASS.
But the Ukrainian army assured the opposite. Fighting rages around Lyssytchansk. Fortunately, the city is not surrounded and it is under the control of the Ukrainian army, Ruslan Muzychuk, spokesman for the National Guard of Ukraine, told Ukrainian television.
Lysychansk is the last major city in the Luhansk region controlled by the Ukrainian army. It is the twin of that of Sievierodonetsk, conquered last week by Moscow after the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces after a battle lasting several weeks. The two towns are separated by the Donets River.
Taking Lyssychansk would allow the Russian army to then advance towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, two other major cities in the industrial region of Donbass, which Moscow is seeking to conquer.
A war crimes prosecutor, a rescuer and a civilian observe a destroyed building after being hit by a missile strike near Odessa.
About sixty kilometers further west, in Sloviansk, a city in Donbass not far from those of Izium and Lyman already in the hands of Russian forces, a rocket attack hit inhabited houses on Friday evening, causing the death of a woman who was in her garden and injuring her husband, a neighbor told an AFP journalist on Saturday morning, showing the damage caused to buildings in the neighborhood.
< p class="e-p">According to Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, 4 civilians have been killed and 12 injured in Sloviansk since Friday morning.
Sloviansk has been suffering day and night for at least a week from rocket fire hitting residential areas.
Responding to Ukrainian demands for additional weapons, the Pentagon on Friday announced $820 million in new military aid for kyiv, including up to 150,000 155mm shells, new missiles for the American Himars multiple rocket launchers, which recently arrived on the battlefield, as well as NASAMS air defense systems (American-Norwegian-made), capable of firing surface-to-air missiles of short and medium range.
Norway has announced aid in the form of a donation of some 960 million euros (1.2 billion Canadian dollars), which could in particular allow kyiv to buy weapons.
Faced with the maritime blockade imposed on it by Russia and which prevents it from exporting its wheat, Ukraine on Friday asked Turkey to intercept a Russian cargo ship leaving from the port of Berdiansk, in occupied area, which she suspects of transporting thousands of tons of grain stolen from Moscow.
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As if to illustrate the issue of the grain war imposed by Moscow on kyiv and which worries many African countries depending on Ukrainian wheat for their food security, the Ukrainian army affirmed Friday evening, video at the support, which the Russian army had twice bombarded with phosphorus bombs Serpents' Island, an islet in the Black Sea near the Ukrainian and Romanian coasts essential to control maritime traffic including Moscow had assured the day before to have withdrawn as a sign of goodwill.
kyiv affirms for its part that the Russians were driven out by repeated Ukrainian strikes.
On the diplomatic front, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, addressing the Kyiv parliament by video on Friday, called on it to speed up its anti-corruption reforms , in the context of Ukraine's application to the EU accepted at the end of June by the leaders of the Twenty-Seven.
She also welcomed the passing of a law aimed at combating the excessive influence of the oligarchs on the economy and called for the #x27;Adoption of a law on the media that brings Ukrainian legislation in line with European Union standards.