Monday, February 6, 2023

Russian shells hit Gerson: 10 killed, 55 injured

Kyiv ( Associated Press) – Russian shells fired Saturday at the Ukrainian city of Kherson, killing at least 10 people and wounding 55 others in the city Moscow troops were forced to leave last month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who recently returned from a quick trip to Washington, posted pictures of the damage on his social media accounts. He insisted that the destruction was happening just as Ukrainians were starting to celebrate Christmas, which for many Orthodox Christians would culminate in a traditional January 7 celebration.

“This is not sensitive material, this is real life for Kherson,” Zelensky tweeted. It showed pictures of burnt cars, bodies lying in the streets and broken windows.

The governor of the Gershon region, Yaroslav Yanushevich, said on television that the death toll had risen to seven.

He said 55 people were injured, of whom 18 were in critical condition. Yanushevich said dozens of people, including a six-year-old girl, had been wounded in Russian attacks the day before.

Saturday marked 10 months since the start of the Russian invasion.

Ukraine has faced an intense wave of Russian artillery, missile, explosive and drone attacks since early October, largely to deprive the country’s infrastructure of electricity and heating as winter sets in. Shelling in Kherson has been particularly heavy since the Ukrainian army liberated the city in November.

Earlier on Saturday, the regional governor of Donetsk, Pavlo Kirilenko, said two people had been killed and five wounded in shelling the day before. The deaths occurred in Kurakhov, a town of about 20,000 people located 30 km west of the Russian-controlled city of Donetsk.

About 60 shells were fired overnight at three communities in the Nikopol region, said Valentin Reznichenko, the regional governor of Dnipropetrovsk.

Stepne, on the outskirts of Zaporizhia, was also hit by shelling, but according to governor Oleksandr Starukh, there were no details on casualties.

Zelensky returned to Kyiv after a trip to Washington where he secured a $1.8 billion military aid package.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the war would end at the negotiating table once the “special military operation” achieved Russia’s goals. He warned that any Ukrainian peace plan could not succeed without taking into account “today’s realities that cannot be ignored”, in reference to Moscow’s demand that Ukraine recognize Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, which is He captured that in 2014, as well as other regional conquests.

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