Official: Russian missiles kill at least 20 in Ukraine – Times of India

KYIV: Russian missiles that hit a city in the middle Ukraine Ukrainian officials said on Thursday at least 20 people were killed and about 90 others were injured. The country’s president called attacks against civilians in places of no military value “an open act of terrorism”.
Ukraine’s National Police said three missiles hit an office building in Vinnytsia and damaged nearby residential buildings, which is located 268 kilometers (167 mi) southwest of the capital. Kyiv,
in a Russian submarine Black Sea Kalibr cruise missiles fired into the city, and among the dead were three children, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Kirillo Tymoshenko, wrote on the Telegram messaging app. The Russian military did not confirm the attack.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that the attack was deliberately aimed at civilians. The strike came as government officials from nearly 40 countries met in The Hague to discuss coordinating the investigation and prosecution of possible war crimes in Ukraine.
“Every day Russia Destroying civilian populations, killing Ukrainian children, directing missiles at civilian objects. Where there is no military (target). What is if not an open act of terrorism? Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
Vinnytsia is one of the largest cities in Ukraine with a population of 370,000. Thousands of people in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has concentrated its offensive, have fled since the start of the war.
Officials said the missiles opened fire which spread to 50 cars in an adjacent parking lot. Ukrainian police said there were reports of people missing. Serhi Borzov, governor of the Vinnytsia region, said Ukrainian air defense systems shot down another four missiles in the area.
Before the missiles hit Vinnytsia, the presidential office reported the death of five civilians and the wounding of eight others in Russian strikes in the past.
Ukrainian officials said a missile damaged several buildings in the southern city of Mykolaiv early Thursday, injuring one person. At least five people were killed in the city in a missile attack on Wednesday.
Russian forces continued to carry out artillery and missile attacks in eastern Ukraine, mainly in Donetsk province after overtaking nearby Luhansk. The city of Lisichansk, the last major stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk, fell to Russian forces earlier in the month.
Luhansk and Donetsk together make up the Donbass, a mostly Russian-speaking region of steel factories, mines and other industries.
Donetsk government Pavlo Kirilenko Urged residents to evacuate “as soon as possible”.
“We are urging citizens to leave the area where electricity, water and gas are in short supply after the Russian shelling,” Kirilenko said in televised remarks. “The fighting is intensifying, and people should stop risking their lives and leave the area.”
The British Defense Ministry said on Thursday that despite continued shelling in the Donbass region, Russian forces have not made major regional gains in recent days.
The British Ministry stated, “The older vehicles, weapons and Soviet-era tactics used by Russian forces do not lend themselves to rapid gain or speed build-up unless used in heavy mass – which Russia is currently unable to tolerate.”
Both the Russian military and Ukrainian forces are seeking to replenish their depleted stock of unmanned aerial vehicles to locate enemy positions and guide artillery strikes.
Both sides are looking to buy jamming-resistant, advanced drones that can provide a decisive edge in the war. Ukrainian officials say the demand for such technology is “extremely” with crowdfunding efforts to raise the cash needed for the purchase.