© Reuters. Ukrainian servicemen hearth a Partyzan small a number of rocket launch system towards Russian troops close to a entrance line, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia area, Ukraine July 13, 2023. REUTERS/Stringer/File picture
(Reuters) -A civilian was killed and one other wounded in Russian shelling in Ukraine’s Kharkiv area, whereas seven have been injured in a village in Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian officers mentioned on Sunday.
The Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia areas in Ukraine’s east and southeast have seen fierce fight all through a lot of the 17 months since Moscow invaded its neighbour, with Kyiv’s forces combating to liberate areas Russian forces now occupy.
In a transfer extensively condemned as unlawful, Russia mentioned final yr it was annexing Zaporizhzhia and different components of Ukraine, and it controls a nuclear energy plant there, Europe’s largest, however the regional capital, the town of Zaporizhzhia, stays below Kyiv’s management.
Ukraine recaptured a lot of the japanese Kharkiv area in September, with Russian forces occupying now solely a small strip of land there.
A 33-year-old man died and a person was wounded in Russian firing at residential buildings within the village of Kolodiazne within the area in a single day, Oleh Sinehubov, Kharkiv’s governor, mentioned on the Telegram messaging app.
He mentioned Russia had launched 4 S-400 surface-to-air missiles in a single day on the metropolis of Kharkiv, barely damaging a residential constructing.
Zaporizhzhia Governor Yuriy Malashko posted on Telegram that three girls and 4 males have been injured and various homes broken in heavy Russian shelling from a number of rocket launchers on the village of Stepnohirske on Saturday afternoon.
Over the previous day, there had been 48 situations of Russian artillery firing on various cities and villages within the area, Malashko mentioned.
Russia shelled the town of Zaporizhzhia, damaging at the very least 16 buildings, Anatoliy Kurtiev, secretary of the town council, mentioned on Telegram, including that one district was with out electrical energy on Sunday morning.
A Russian-installed official in components of Zaporizhzhia managed by Moscow, Vladimir Rogov, mentioned on Saturday that Ukrainian forces had destroyed a faculty within the village of Stulneve, whereas air defence forces intercepted a drone over the town of Tokmak.
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the Russian and Ukrainian accounts. Either side deny concentrating on civilians.
Russia’s defence ministry mentioned on Saturday it had destroyed various Ukrainian weapons depots in Zaporizhzhia area over the previous day. Ukraine’s prime navy command mentioned Russia was attempting to cease Ukraine’s advance there, closely shelling the realm.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed once more on Saturday to liberate all of the land that Russia occupies.
“We can not go away any of our individuals, any cities and villages below Russian occupation,” Zelenskiy mentioned in his nightly video handle. “Wherever the Russian occupation continues, violence and humiliation of individuals reign.”