War in Ukraine, day 756 | Two civilians killed by Russian strike in southern Ukraine

(Kyiv) A Russian bombing killed two civilians on Wednesday near Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine where strikes are almost daily, said the regional governor, with nighttime attacks also injuring several people in the central east of the country. .

The Russian army “attacked several civilian cars” near Kherson, killing “two men,” Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on Telegram.

In the Dnipropetrovsk region, nighttime strikes left six people injured, including two teenagers aged 13 and 15, local governor Serguii Lyssak said on Telegram, sharing photos of partially destroyed houses.

A 27-year-old man was also injured by artillery fire in the morning in Nikopol, the official added. This city is located on the banks of the Dnieper, the river which separates Russian and Ukrainian forces in the area.

In northeastern Ukraine, the Sumy region, bordering Russia, was targeted by 136 bombings in the last 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said. These strikes killed a man on Tuesday and damaged civilian buildings, according to the same source.

In this area, strikes have intensified sharply in recent weeks, with Moscow’s forces increasing their pressure and Russia fighting against armed incursions on its soil by fighters, often from the Sumy region.

The Russian army says it is repelling these infiltration attempts by groups who present themselves as Russians opposed to Vladimir Putin.

On Tuesday evening, President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of the “aggression and terror” inflicted by Moscow on the Sumy region.

“The Russian army is trying to reduce our border villages to ashes,” he said.

Civilian killed in strike near Ukraine border

A strike killed a civilian and injured two on Wednesday in the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine and regularly targeted in recent weeks, announced the local governor, Russian President Vladimir Putin, promising for his part to protect the inhabitants of the area.

The attack killed a man who was in his car and injured two people, including “a 17-year-old girl,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram.

Residential buildings, a school and two kindergartens were also damaged in Belgorod, the regional capital, he added.

No students or teachers were there, regional authorities having decided this week to temporarily close schools in border districts in the face of the risk of strikes.

Vyacheslav Gladkov also announced Tuesday evening that checkpoints would be set up at the entrance to several villages in an area very close to Ukraine, the target of armed incursions in recent weeks.

These infiltration attempts from Ukrainian territory, which the Russian army says it is repelling, are carried out by groups presenting themselves as pro-Kyiv Russian fighters opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At the same time, the Belgorod region was targeted by numerous air attacks, for which Ukraine was blamed.

The country, faced with the Russian offensive for two years, had promised to bring the fighting to Russian soil in retaliation for the numerous bombings on its territory.

For his part, President Vladimir Putin, freshly re-elected, promised Wednesday to “ensure the security” of residents of border regions, including Belgorod, saluting their “courage”.

“We could of course respond by hitting civilian infrastructure (in Ukraine), but we have our principles,” he assured during a reception at the Kremlin.

Russia still denies targeting civilian targets in Ukraine, even though cities like Mariupol and Bakhmut have been devastated since the start of the conflict.

“Victory in the elections is only a prologue to the victories to come,” the Russian president further declared.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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