Shock as Russia hits Ukraine apartments


No less than 15 individuals have been killed and two dozen extra are feared trapped after Russian Uragan rockets hit a five-storey house block in Ukraine’s Donetsk area.

Ukraine on Sunday additionally reported clashes with Russian troops on fronts within the east and south, whereas Moscow mentioned its forces struck Ukrainian military hangars storing US-produced M777 howitzers, a sort of artillery, close to Kostyantynivka in Donetsk area.

Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned the strike on the house constructing happened on Saturday night within the city of Chasiv Yar. The regional emergency service gave the loss of life toll at 15 on Sunday afternoon, including that 24 extra individuals might nonetheless be beneath the rubble.

Andriy Yermak, chief of employees to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, mentioned in a Telegram publish that the strike was “one other terrorist assault,” and that Russia ought to be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in consequence.

Russia, which says it’s conducting a “particular army operation” to demilitarise Ukraine, denies intentionally attacking civilians.

Luhansk and Donetsk provinces comprise the Donbas, Ukraine’s jap industrial area that has grow to be Europe’s greatest battlefield for generations. Russia needs to wrest management of the Donbas on behalf of the separatists that it helps.

Moscow says ejecting the Ukrainian army out of the area is central to what it calls its “particular army operation” to make sure its personal safety, an offensive that has lasted for greater than 4 months and which the West calls an unprovoked warfare.

Russian forces attacked Ukrainian positions close to the city of Sloviansk in Donetsk however had been pressured to withdraw, Ukraine’s army mentioned, including that Russian forces had launched a cruise missile assault on the northeastern metropolis of Kharkiv from their facet of the border. It gave no particulars of harm or casualties.

Luhansk area Governor Serhiy Gaidai mentioned Russian forces had been gathering within the space of the village of Bilohorivka, about 50 kilometres east of Sloviansk.

“The enemy is … shelling the encircling settlements, finishing up air strikes, however it’s nonetheless unable to rapidly occupy the whole Luhansk area,” he mentioned on Telegram.

Russia claimed management over all of Luhansk province final weekend.

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned its forces had destroyed two hangars close to the Donetsk city of Kostyantynivka holding the US-made M777 howitzers, which it mentioned had been used to shell residential areas of Donetsk.

Reuters couldn’t independently confirm battlefield accounts.

Ukrainian army spokespeople weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.

Ukrainian forces have mounted stiff resistance and the West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an effort to power it to withdraw.

Within the south, Ukrainian forces fired missiles and artillery at Russian positions together with ammunition depots within the Chornobaivka space, Ukraine’s army command mentioned.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on a visit to Asia, urged the worldwide neighborhood to hitch forces to sentence Russian aggression. He mentioned he had raised considerations along with his Chinese language counterpart, Wang Yi, over Beijing’s alignment with Moscow.

The 2 met for greater than 5 hours on the sidelines of a gathering of G20 overseas ministers on the Indonesian island of Bali. Russia’s Sergei Lavrov walked out of a gathering there on Friday, denouncing the West for “frenzied criticism”.

Shortly earlier than the Russian invasion, Beijing and Moscow introduced a “no limits” partnership, though US officers have mentioned they haven’t seen China evade US-led sanctions on Russia or present it with army gear.

Zelenskiy dismissed a number of of Ukraine’s senior envoys overseas on Saturday, saying it was a part of “regular diplomatic observe”. 

He mentioned he would appoint new ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary.

Zelenskiy has urged his diplomats to drum up worldwide help and high-end weapons to gradual Russia’s advance.

Ukraine suffered a diplomatic setback on Saturday, when Canada mentioned it will return a repaired turbine that Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom used to produce pure fuel to Germany. Ukraine had argued {that a} return would violate sanctions on Russia.

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