War in Ukraine, day 763 | Four dead and 30 injured in Russian strikes

(Kyiv) Several Russian strikes left at least four dead and around thirty injured on Wednesday, notably in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, pushing Kyiv to ask its Western allies for more modern Patriot air defense systems.




In Kharkiv, which had nearly a million and a half inhabitants before the war, a Russian bombing left at least one dead and 19 injured, including four children, by hitting civilian targets, local authorities announced.

According to initial information from the General Prosecutor’s Office, two high-powered bombs, dropped from a plane, damaged residential buildings, a school and a kindergarten in the middle of the afternoon.

The Kharkiv region borders the northern border with Russia and regularly finds itself under fire from Russian troops.

PHOTO ANDRII MARIENKO, ASSOCIATED PRESS

In Kharkiv, a Russian missile killed at least one person and injured 16.

In the village of Borova, a 12-year-old boy was killed in a Russian strike Wednesday evening, the local prosecutor’s office said, adding that the type of weapons used had not yet been determined.

Four people had already been injured in nighttime bombings and a drone attack in this region, Governor Oleg Synegoubov had earlier said.

Two others were killed Wednesday in strikes elsewhere in Ukraine.

The governor of the Kherson region (south) said that a 61-year-old woman had lost her life in her house during a drone attack on the village of Mykhaïlivka, located on one of the banks of the Dnieper, the river which demarcates the front line in this area.

And one person was killed by artillery fire in Nikopol, a town in the southeast, lamented the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Serguiï Lyssak.

Eight civilians were also injured in Mykolaiv, a large city in southern Ukraine, in a ballistic missile attack, according to its mayor Oleksandr Sienkevich.

A mine explosion in a village in the southern Kherson region killed one person and injured a second, whose legs had to be amputated, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said.

The Russian army, when it withdrew from the areas it had taken possession of at the start of the war, left numerous mines in its wake.

In the occupied town of Gorlivka, in the Donetsk region (east), a Ukrainian strike also caused the death of a woman in her apartment, according to authorities installed by Russia.

190 missiles in one week

Ukraine is asking its Western allies to send it more aid, and faster. But, in Brussels as in Washington, political divisions have hampered the delivery of arms and the sending of funds in recent months.

President Volodymyr Zelensky once again urged Ukraine’s allies to “accelerate the delivery” of F-16 fighter jets and transfer additional Patriot batteries.

“There is no rational justification for why Patriots, of which there are many around the world, still do not cover the skies of Kharkiv and other cities and towns attacked by Russian terrorists,” he added.

A little earlier, his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kouleba, had relayed the same message. The powerful and expensive Patriot system was first supplied to Ukraine in the spring of 2023.

The head of diplomacy also stressed that solid anti-aircraft defense would make it possible to “save thousands of lives”, reduce the damage inflicted on infrastructure in Ukraine and help soldiers on the front.

Mr. Kouleba assured that Russia had recently intensified its air attacks, with, according to him, the firing of 190 missiles and the sending of 700 guided bombs between March 18 and 24.

“Current Russian attacks are characterized by the intensive use of ballistic missiles, which can reach their target very quickly, leaving little time for civilians to take shelter,” the minister insisted.

Zelensky with his soldiers


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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