According to Ukrainian military and civilian authorities, at least 21 people, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed before dawn on Friday by three Russian missiles that destroyed
a large building and
a tourist complex in Serguiïvka, a locality on the Black Sea coast, about 80 km from Odessa, in southern Ukraine.
” This is deliberate Russian terror, not a few mistakes or an accidental missile strike. »
Local authorities ensure that
there was not the slightest military target at the place of the strikes.
In response to the Ukrainian accusations, the Kremlin assured that
the armed forces of Russia do not operate on civilian targets in Ukraine, a reaction described as
callous and cynical by Berlin.
According to kyiv, the strikes on Sergiyivka injured 38 people, including five children, two of them in serious condition.
I call on our partners to provide Ukraine with missile defense systems as soon as possible. Help us save livesForeign Minister Dmytro Kouleba pleaded once again on Twitter, calling Russia a
According to the Ukrainian army, the weapons used against Serguiïvka are Soviet cruise missiles dating from the Cold War and designed to strike a carrier battle group, the same type as those which struck a shopping center in Kremenchuk (center of Ukraine) in broad daylight on Monday. Ukraine, 200 km from the front) and having killed at least 19 people according to the last still provisional relief report.
Mr. Zelensky acknowledged that the situation remained
extremely difficult in Lyssytchansk, an industrial city in Donbass, where most of the fighting is concentrated.
The separatists supported by the Russian army for their part claimed on Saturday to have
totally surrounded Lysychansk.
Lugansk People’s Militia [l’armée séparatiste] and the Russian armed forces occupied the last strategic heights, which allows us to affirm that the locality of Lysytchansk is completely surroundedsaid a separatist representative, Andrei Marochko, quoted by the Russian news agency TASS.
But the Ukrainian army assured the opposite.
Fighting rages around Lyssytchansk. Fortunately, the city is not surrounded and it is under the control of the Ukrainian armyRuslan Muzychuk, spokesman for the National Guard of Ukraine, told Ukrainian television.
Lyssychansk is the last major city in the Luhansk region controlled by the Ukrainian army. It is the twin of that of Sievierodonetsk, conquered last week by Moscow after the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces after a battle lasting several weeks. The two towns are separated by the Donets River.
The capture of Lyssytchansk would allow the Russian army to then advance towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, two other large cities in the industrial region of Donbass, which Moscow is seeking to conquer.
About sixty kilometers further west, in Sloviansk, a city in Donbass not far from those of Izium and Lyman already in the hands of Russian forces, a rocket attack hit inhabited houses on Friday evening, causing the death of ‘a woman who was in her garden and hurt her husband, a neighbor told a reporter on Saturday morningAFPshowing the damage caused to buildings in the area.
According to the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, 4 civilians have been killed and 12 have been injured in Sloviansk since Friday morning.
Sloviansk has been suffering day and night for at least a week from rocket fire affecting residential areas.
Responding to Ukrainian demands for additional weapons, the Pentagon on Friday announced $820 million in new military aid for kyiv, including up to 150,000 155mm shells, new missiles for multiple rocket launchers American Himars, which recently arrived on the battlefield, as well as NASAMS air defense systems (American-Norwegian-made), capable of firing short and medium-range surface-to-air missiles.
Norway, for its part, announced aid in the form of a donation of some 960 million euros (1.2 billion Canadian dollars), which could in particular enable kyiv to buy weapons.
Faced with the maritime blockade imposed on it by Russia and which prevents it from exporting its wheat, Ukraine asked Turkey on Friday to intercept a Russian cargo ship leaving from the port of Berdiansk, in the occupied zone, which it suspects of transport thousands of tons of grain stolen by Moscow.
As if to illustrate the issue of the grain war imposed by Moscow on kyiv and which worries many African countries depending on Ukrainian wheat for their food security, the Ukrainian army affirmed Friday evening, video in support, that the he Russian army had twice bombarded Serpents’ Island with phosphorus bombs, an islet in the Black Sea near the Ukrainian and Romanian coasts, essential for controlling maritime traffic, which Moscow had ensured the day before had withdrawn in
sign of goodwill.
kyiv claims for its part that the Russians were driven out by repeated Ukrainian strikes.
On the diplomatic front, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, addressing the Kyiv parliament by video on Friday, called on it to speed up its anti-corruption reforms, as part of Ukraine’s candidacy for membership. I’EUaccepted at the end of June by the leaders of the Twenty-Seven.
She also welcomed the passing of a law aimed at combating
the excessive influence of the oligarchs on the economy and called for the adoption of a
media law that brings Ukrainian legislation in line with European Union standards.