War in Ukraine, day 781 | Five dead in Russian night strikes

(Kyiv) At least five people were killed and around ten others were injured overnight from Wednesday to Thursday by new Russian strikes on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, and the Sumy region (north-east ), authorities announced.

In Kharkiv, located not far from the border with Russia, three rescuers died during a “second strike” on a place which had just been bombed in a “densely populated district of Kharkiv”, announced Mayor Igor Terekhov .

Twelve people were injured “to varying degrees”, he added.

President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced a “despicable and cynical attack”.

The three rescuers, all men, were 32, 41 and 52 years old, according to Interior Minister Igor Klimenko. A fourth rescuer is among the injured.

This type of attack, called a “double strike”, consists of bombing a place first time, then a second time when emergency services have arrived on site.

One person was also killed in a strike on a residential building in another neighborhood, Mr. Terekhov added. It is a 68-year-old woman, according to the regional police.

In the neighboring region of Sumy, a 47-year-old employee working for a gas distribution network was killed by another Russian bombing, according to the Energy Ministry.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported a Russian attack by “20 Shahed”, Iranian-designed explosive drones, on the Kharkiv region, 11 of which were “destroyed” by anti-aircraft defense.

Energy infrastructure was “damaged” by these strikes in this region, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy, which assured that the attack had however “no casualties”.

Cities in Ukraine are very regularly the subject of Russian strikes, with the city of Kharkiv, close to the border in the north-east of the country, being among the most regularly targeted.

Three dead in occupied zone

Ukrainian officials are raising calls for the country’s Western allies to deliver more munitions and air defenses, including modern American Patriot systems, to better counter Russian drone and missile attacks.

But American military aid to Ukraine is drying up due to opposition from Donald Trump’s Republican camp, which is blocking an envelope of some $60 billion promised by President Joe Biden.

In southern Ukraine under Russian occupation, two civilians traveling in a truck were killed by a Ukrainian drone in the village of Babyné, on the banks of the Dnieper River, said the head of the regional authorities installed by Moscow, Andreï Alekseyenko.

The Dnieper separates the Russian and Ukrainian armies in the area, and the villages located on its banks are frequently in mourning.

A man also died in a Ukrainian strike in Donetsk (east), very close to the front, according to the Russian state news agency TASS, which cites regional authorities.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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