Russians attack 8 Ukrainian cities, hit depot – Times of India


Russian troops shelled an oil refinery in the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk on Saturday and a major fire broke out, a regional governor reported.
Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai said it was not the first time the refinery had been attacked and accused the Russians of trying to “exhaust” local emergency services. He stressed that at the time of the attack there was no fuel in the refinery and that “the remains of oil sludge” were on fire.
Ukraine’s presidential office reported on Saturday that rocket attacks and shelling have taken place in eight regions in the past 24 hours: Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkov in the east, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Kirovohrad in central Ukraine and Mykolaiv and Kherson in the south. The strikes underlined that the entire country remained under threat, despite Russia’s pivot to mount another offensive in the east.
Nine civilians were killed and more than 50 injured in Kharkiv on Friday, while two people were killed and three injured in the wider region, according to the report.
The southern region of Mykolaiv was battered Friday and Saturday. The presidential office said five people were killed and 15 injured in airstrikes on Friday. The head of the regional legislature, Hanna Zamazeyeva, said on Saturday that 39 people had been injured in the past 24 hours.
Zamazeyeva said the targets include several residential blocks “where there are no military facilities”.
The besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is still holding out, but the situation there is critical.

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