Ukraine: Russian strikes on Zaporizhia leave at least 13 dead and 60 injured | War in Ukraine
Russian strikes hit houses and multi-storey apartment buildings in Zaporizhia.
Deadly Russian bombardments hit the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia overnight from Saturday to Sunday, causing many civilian casualties the day after the partial destruction, during an explosion, of the Crimean Bridge, built by Russia after the #x27;annexation of the peninsula.
The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin was convening his Security Council on Monday. The explosion that hit and partially destroyed the bridge between the annexed peninsula and Russia, which kyiv had previously pointed out as illegitimacy, is another major setback for Russia at a time when its forces are struggling in Ukraine .
The Ukrainian army and special services (SBU) in Kyiv have neither confirmed nor denied their involvement. President Volodymyr Zelensky was content to quip in a video about the cloudy weather in Crimea on Saturday – a likely allusion to smoke from the fire – even ;it was also hot there.
The Russian president has not publicly reacted.
However, overnight Russian strikes on apartment buildings in Zaporizhia left 12 to 17 dead, according to reports. This latest event comes three days after previous bombings that killed 17 people in this southern Ukrainian city.
A final report from the regional administration of Zaporizhia reported 13 dead and 60 injured, including women and children. An initial report from the city council initially reported 17 dead.
For his part, President Volodymyr Zelensky had previously reported 12 dead and 49 people, including six children, taken to hospital.
“No sense. Absolute evil. Terrorists and savages. From the one who gave this order to the one who executed it. Everyone has a responsibility. Before the law and before the people. »
— President Volodymyr Zelensky, on his Telegram account
This Russian strike destroyed private apartments where people lived and slept without attacking anyone, the president added.
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Emergency services responded to the scene of a bombardment that left several dead and many injured.
The Ukrainian Air Force reported that four cruise missiles, two missiles fired from fighter jets and other anti-aircraft type missiles were used against the city.
< p class="e-p">The Russian military claimed on Sunday that it carried out strikes with high-precision weapons against foreign mercenary units near Zaporizhia.
Zaporizhia is close to the nuclear power plant of the same name, at the center of a tussle for several months, which required its shutdown and raised fears of a nuclear accident. This site has again lost its external power source due to bombardment and relies on emergency generators, the International Atomic Energy Agency warned on Saturday. (IAEA).
In the aftermath of the huge explosion on the Crimean Bridge, divers were to examine the structure on Sunday to assess structural damage, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khousnullin announced, with first results expected during the day .
Automobile and rail traffic had partially resumed on Saturday, a few hours after the explosion which caused one of the tracks of this bridge, built at great expense, to collapse on several spans and inaugurated by Vladimir Putin in 2018.
The heavy goods vehicles had, however, been sent back to ferries at first.
A railway convoy of fuel tank cars had also caught fire on the bridge.
< p class="e-p">The Russian Ministry of Transport, however, said on Sunday that passenger trains from Crimea to Russia were running according to the usual schedule.
Authorities Russians attributed the explosion to a truck bomb owned by a resident of Russia's Krasnodar region.
Moscow did not immediately accuse Ukraine of the attack, and Ukrainian officials have not officially claimed responsibility.
The Crimean Bridge, also known as the Kerch Bridge, is Russia's only land link with annexed Crimea.
However, kyiv had repeatedly threatened to hit this bridge, a symbol of the annexation of Crimea in 2014, which is also used to supply Russian troops in Ukraine.
CCTV footage shared on social media showed a powerful explosion as several vehicles drove across the bridge, including a truck that Russian authorities suspect was the source of the blast.< /p>
In other shots, you can see a convoy of burning tank cars on the railway part of the bridge as well as two spans of one of the two collapsed road lanes.
According to investigators, the attack which occurred on Saturday morning killed three people: the driver of the truck as well as a man and a woman who were driving near the explosion, whose bodies were removed from the waters.
The Russian army, in difficulty on the front of Kherson, in the south of Ukraine, assured Saturday that the supply of its troops was not threatened.
< p class="e-p">Ukraine has struck several bridges in the Kherson region in recent months to disrupt Russian supplies, as well as military bases in Crimea, attacks for which it does not x27;admitted responsibility only several months later.
Since the beginning of September, Russian forces have been forced to retreat at many points on the front. In particular, they had to withdraw from the Kharkiv region and retreat to the Kherson region.
A member of the Ukrainian army walks past a Russian convoy in the recently recaptured town of Lyman in the Donetsk region. decreed, at the end of September, the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists and the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, although Moscow only partially controls them.
Sign of discontent at the top place in the conduct of operations, Moscow announced on Saturday that it had appointed a new man to head its special military operation in Ukraine, General Sergey Surovikin, 55.