Rocket attacks in Ukraine: the Kremlin and kyiv accuse each other | War in Ukraine
Pro-Kremlin officials accused Ukraine of attacking the Donetsk town hall.
Pro-Kremlin officials accused Ukraine on Sunday of attacking Donetsk town hall. a rocket attack on the town hall of Donetsk, a key Ukrainian city controlled by separatists.
At the same time, Ukrainian authorities denounced that Russian rockets had hit a city opposite nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, injuring six people.
The attacks from both sides came as Russia lost ground in the nearly seven weeks since Ukraine's armed forces opened their southern counteroffensive. Last week, in retaliation, the Kremlin launched what is believed to be its largest coordinated air and missile raids against key Ukrainian infrastructure since the invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine by Russia on February 24.
The municipal building in Donetsk, controlled by the separatists, was badly damaged by the rocket attack. Plumes of smoke swirled around the building, with rows of blown windows and a partially collapsed ceiling. Nearby cars burned.
There were no immediate reports of casualties. Kyiv did not claim responsibility for the attack and did not comment on it.
Kremlin-backed separatist authorities have previously accused Ukraine of numerous strikes against infrastructure and residential targets in occupied regions, often using long-range US-supplied HIMARS rockets, without giving evidence.
For their part, Ukrainian authorities reported on Sunday that at least six people were injured following rocket attacks in front of the Zaporizhia power plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. , where Russia has stationed its troops.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian president's office, said two Nikopol residents were hospitalized following the strikes, which also damaged five power lines, gas pipelines, businesses and residential buildings.
The presidential office of Ukraine and regional authorities also reported that Russian rockets destroyed two schools, a park and houses in the southern region of Zaporizhia. Since Moscow illegally annexed it along with three other Ukrainian provinces last month, Russian bombardment has continued.
The annexation announcement came despite the fact that some 20% of the city of Zaporizhia remains under Ukrainian military control. Some analysts describe the recent large-scale strikes as part of a Kremlin strategy to conquer the region.