Civilians on both sides killed as Ukraine, Russia trade artillery fire
Lviv/Moscow, Jan 29 (EFE).- Russian artillery attacks on the southern city of Kherson killed at least three civilians on Sunday, Ukrainian authorities said.
“At this hour we are aware of about eight victims of the Russian attacks: three people have died and five have been wounded of varying severity,” the Kherson military administration reported on its Telegram channel.
The wounded have received medical care and one of them remains in serious condition.
The Russian artillery strikes also damaged civilian infrastructure such as the Kherson Regional Clinical Hospital – where a nurse was injured – a school, a bus station, a post office and a bank, as well as several residential buildings.
The city of Kherson, capital of the region of the same name and captured by Russian forces in March last year, was retaken by the Ukrainian army on November 11.
Since then it has come under sustained artillery fire from the right bank of the Dnieper river, where Russian forces withdrew to.
Further up the Dnieper, in the region of Zaporizhzhya, Russian-installed officials said Ukrainian forces had shelled a railway bridge in Melitopol that was under construction, killing four and injuring five,
“According to preliminary data, as a result of the shelling, four people from the railway brigade were killed and five others were injured,” the acting governor of Zaporizhzhya, Yevgeny Balitsky, wrote on Telegram.
The Ukrainian military deliberately struck a civilian facility, “committing another crime against civilians,” Balitsky said.
Earlier, the leader of the “Together with Russia” movement, Vladimir Rogov, said that the bridge was attacked with three HIMARS missiles, one of which was shot down.
Russia controls southern and central areas of Zaporizhzhya, but not the north where the regional capital is located.EFE