Ukraine: Moscow strikes the center of Kherson, Zelensky denounces an act of “terror” | War in Ukraine

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Now under Ukrainian control, Kherson is the regular target of Russian bombardment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced an act of Russian “terror” on Saturday, after a strike in the center of Kherson which left at least seven people dead and 58 injured, ten months to the day after the start of the invasion of the Moscow troops.

Saturday morning, Christmas Eve, in the city center. These are not military installations. This is not a war by the set rules. It's terror, it's killing to intimidate and [take] pleasure, he castigated on social networks.

The Ukrainian president denounced Russian “terror” after a bombardment that left several dead in Kherson, which kyiv forces recaptured in November.

According to the Ukrainian presidency and regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevich, the [Russian] attack claimed the lives of 7 people and 58 residents were injured, 18 of whom are in serious condition, he claimed on Telegram.

A previous report from the Ukrainian prosecutor's office reported eight dead and 17 injured.

“The world must see and understand what absolute evil we are up against.

— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

This is the real life of Ukraine and Ukrainians for ten months of war, he supported.

In Ankara, the Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, whose country is mediating, admitted that this war does not seem to be over easily.

In Kherson, an AFP team saw many inert bodies lying on the ground.

The emergency services tried to save him, but he was not breathing, laments to AFP a lady, whose husband, Oleksiï, died on the spot. Crouching next to him, staring into space, she holds her husband's bloody jacket in her hands.

According to Leonid Tataryne, a 38-year-old resident, there was a bombardment on a store, then on the central market and around, he told AFP.

Oleksandre Kudriashov, 43, is struggling to recover from the disappearance of Liocha, a man who had worked here for 20 years or more. […] He was selling meat.

At the time of the strike, he had gone out to smoke a cigarette, he says. We pulled out his body, he was already dead.

Near the Kherson market, AFP saw a man with serious head injuries, his car blown up by the power from the explosion. A woman, dressed in a red coat, lay lifeless a few yards away, her arms outstretched. A person in tears nearby was comforted by a rescuer.

Further away, two men were seriously injured at a pedestrian crossing.

Cars burn on a street after a Russian strike in Kherson

Flames were rising also from the market, a place frequented on Saturday mornings and located in the heart of Kherson, a city liberated on November 11 by the Ukrainian army after eight months of Russian occupation.

As families in Europe, North America and beyond prepare festive dinners, spare a thought for Ukraine, which is fighting evil right now, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba implored on Twitter. .

Now under Ukrainian control, Kherson is the regular target of Russian bombardments.

On Friday, the city has already been the target of 74 Russian strikes according to regional authorities, leaving a total of five dead and 22 injured, according to the regional administration.

In the x27;East, Russian strikes are still regular on Bakhmout, which the Russians have been trying to take since the summer, the Ukrainian presidency lamented on Saturday, indicating that the city center was bombarded several times the day before.

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To deal with this Russian offensive, kyiv had been calling for new Western financial and military aid for several weeks.

On Friday, two days after a visit by Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington, the US Congress has passed a sweeping Federal Services Appropriation Bill, $45 billion of which will go to Ukraine.

This is really not – as the President of Ukraine said the other night – about charity. This is about security, this is about working together, said Nancy Pelosi, the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The invasion Russia has had a profound effect on the Ukrainian economy, which is now almost solely focused on the war effort.

The grain harvest in the country, one of the world's leading producers, will fall by around 40% this year compared to 2021, according to an estimate by industry professionals at AFP.

In addition, the Ukrainian justice condemned to 11 years in prison two mercenaries and two Russian soldiers accused of having tortured three Ukrainian soldiers in early September in the Izium region, the prosecution announced on Saturday.

They had been kidnapped and kept in a recreation center without water or food. The occupiers hit one of the [soldiers] with a hammer on his bones, he detailed, adding that the four men admitted their guilt and apologized .

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