Russia continues to ‘raise real hell’, says Ukraine governor
Kyiv – Russian forces manage to “raise a real hell” in the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine despite reports of an operational pause, a regional governor said on Saturday as the Kyiv government urged residents Russian-occupied areas in the south to be evacuated “by all possible means” before a Ukrainian offensive.
Deadly Russian bombings have been reported in eastern and southern Ukraine.
The Governor of LuganskSerhyi Haidai, said Russia launched more than 20 artillery, mortar and rocket attacks into the province overnight and its forces were heading towards the border with neighboring Donetsk.
“We are trying to contain Russian armed formations on the entire front line,” Haidai wrote on Telegram.
Last week, Russia captured the last major Ukrainian resistance stronghold in Luhansk, the city of Lysychansk. Analysts have predicted Moscow troops would likely take time to rearm and regroup.
But “until now, there has been no operational pause announced by the enemy. It is still attacking and bombarding our lands with the same intensity as before,” Haidai said.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has called on residents of Russian-held territories in the south to evacuate so that occupying forces cannot use them as human shields during a Ukrainian counter-offensive.
“You have to look for a way to leave, because our armed forces are coming to take care of themselves,” she said. “There will be a massive fight. I don’t want to scare anyone. Everyone understands all of this anyway. ”
Speaking at a press conference on Friday evening, Vereshchuk said a civilian evacuation effort was underway for parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. She declined to give details, citing security considerations.
It was unclear how civilians should safely leave Russian-controlled areas as missile strikes and artillery fire continue in surrounding areas, or if they would be allowed to leave or even leave. hear the call of the government.
The balance sheet of the war continued to rise.
Five people were killed and eight others injured on Friday in the Russian bombardment of Siversk and Semyhirya in Donetsk province, its governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday morning.
In the city of Sloviansk, named as the next likely target of the Russian offensive, rescuers said they had extracted a 40-year-old man from the rubble of a building destroyed by shelling on Saturday morning. Kyrylenko said several people were under the rubble.
Russian missiles killed two people and injured three others on Saturday morning in the southern city of Kryvyi Rih, according to regional authorities.
“They deliberately targeted residential areas,” Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, said on Telegram. Kryvyi Rih Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul claimed in a Facebook post that cluster munitions had been used, and urged residents to stay away from unknown objects on the streets.
Seven people were injured in a Russian rocket strike on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, on Saturday morning and three of them were hospitalized, including a child, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov wrote. , on Telegram.
In the southern city of Mykolaiv, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said in a Telegram message that a Russian missile attack was underway. He did not mention any casualties.
Russian defense officials said on Saturday their forces had destroyed a hangar housing US howitzers in Ukraine, near the town of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk province. There was no immediate response from Ukraine.
The UK Ministry of Defense reported on Saturday that Russian forces in Ukraine were now armed with “obsolete or inappropriate equipment”, including MT-LB armored personnel carriers removed from long-term storage.
The MT-LB entered service with the Soviet Army in the 1950s and does not offer the same protection as modern armored vehicles.
“While MT-LBS were previously in service in support roles on both sides, Russia has long considered them unsuitable for most frontline infantry transport roles,” the UK ministry said on Twitter. .
The Russians also brought out Cold War-era tanks.
Associated Press reporters from across Ukraine contributed.
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