Shells pummel Ukraine’s Kherson leaving 10 dead, 55 wounded

Russian shells hit the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 55.

Updated – 00:56, Sunday – 22 December 25

Shells hit Kherson, Ukraine, killing 10 and wounding 55

A Ukrainian soldier fires at Russian positions near Maryinka, Donetsk region, on a Ukrainian front (AP Photo)

Kyiv: Russian shells hit the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 55 in the city Moscow’s troops were forced to abandon last month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, returning from a quick trip to Washington, posted photos of the wreckage on his social media accounts. The destruction came as Ukrainians were beginning their Christmas celebrations, which for many Orthodox Christians will end with the traditional celebration on January 7.

“This is not sensitive content, this is real life in Kherson,” Zelenskyy wrote. The images showed cars on fire, bodies on the street and windows of buildings blown out.

Yaroslav Yanushevich, the governor of Kherson region, said in televised remarks that the death toll in the latest attack on the city has risen from seven to 10.

He added that 55 people were injured, 18 of them in a serious condition. Yanushevich said eleven others, including a 6-year-old girl, were injured by Russian bombs a day earlier.

Saturday marks 10 months since the Russian invasion began.

Ukraine has faced a brutal onslaught of Russian artillery, missile, bombing and drone strikes since early October, much of it targeting energy infrastructure, with plans to cut electricity and heating services as the freezing winter progresses. Shelling has been particularly intense in Kherson since Russian forces withdrew and the Ukrainian army retook the city in November.

Earlier on Saturday, the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said that two people had been killed and five wounded in shelling in the last day. The deaths were in Kurakhov, a town of 20,000 about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of the Russian-controlled city of Donetsk.

About 60 shells hit three communities in the Nikopol area overnight, Dnipropetrovsk regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

Stepne, a settlement on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, was also hit by a bomb, but there were no details on casualties, according to Governor Oleksander Starukh.

Zelenskyy has returned to Kiev after a trip to Washington, where he secured another $1.8 billion in military aid.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the war would end at the negotiating table when “special military operations” achieve Russia’s goals. He said any announced Ukrainian peace plan could not succeed without taking into account the “impossible realities of today”, referring to Moscow’s demand that Ukraine recognize Russia’s sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed in 2014. other territorial gains.

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