Welt: Kyiv reports bombings from neighboring Belarus

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According to Ukrainian reports, rockets were fired from Belarus into the border area near Chernihov on Saturday morning. During the night there were reports of explosions in several cities in Ukraine and an air alarm was issued in the country, reports Welt.

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More specifically, according to the same sources, Russia fired missiles at several Ukrainian regions in the Ukraine war on Saturday, including from neighboring Belarus. Impacts were recorded in the Khelnitsky, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Zidomir and Chernihiv regions, the Unian news agency reported on Saturday.

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The Dnipropetrovsk region was also hit by artillery. According to the mayor, Serhiy Sukhomlin, 24 rockets hit only the area around Shytomyr – a large city west of Kiev. A soldier was killed.

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia fired missiles at Shytomyr and Chernihiv from Belarus. The former Soviet republic under Alexander Lukashenko describes itself as neutral in the war, which has been going on for more than four months.

In the Lviv region (formerly Lviv), the military base at Yavoriv was once again the target of attacks. According to Ukrainian reports, six cruise missiles were fired from ships in the Black Sea. Four people were injured.

In the Khmelnytskyi region, the Ukrainian air defense managed to shoot down two missiles, according to its own information. Their wreckage is said to have caused no damage. However, the Mykolaivka region in southern Ukraine reported a fierce attack.

“The extent of the damage and the potential losses are still being assessed,” a government spokesman said. “But we know that port infrastructure, residential areas and recreation areas have been attacked by civilians.”

In total, the lieutenant general estimated Ukrainian losses from air strikes, rocket attacks and artillery at 780 “nationalists” in 24 hours. These data can not be verified independently. Konashenkov did not provide details about the ground attack by Russian troops on Donbass.

Contradictory information about the situation in Lysychansk

A national air alert had already been issued in Ukraine on Saturday night. This emerged from a corresponding overview of the situation in the country. According to the Ukrainian news website 24tv, there were reports of explosions from the southeastern city of Zaporizhia – as well as from the city of Dnipro in central Ukraine. The exact history was initially unclear.

There are conflicting reports about the situation in Lisichansk, on the west bank of the Siversky Donetsk River. According to their own information, the Ukrainian armed forces repulsed attacks on a major supply route of the large city of Lisichansk in the east of the country.

“In the direction of Bakhmut, Ukrainian fighters stopped the attack of enemy infantry between the Volodymyriwka and Pokrovské areas,” the Ukrainian General Staff said on Saturday. From Bakhmut, an important supply route passes through the aforementioned locations to Lysichansk.

The city itself, which has become the Russians’ next strategic target since the largely Ukrainian withdrawal from neighboring Sjewjerodonezk, continues to come under heavy fire. Both the artillery and the Russian air force have set fire to Lisichansk. In addition, Russian troops “tried to blockade the city from the south,” the General Staff said.

The Russian military had previously said that Lisichansk had been cut off from the south.

Rocket attack casualties in western Ukraine

Meanwhile, four people were injured by a Russian missile attack on a military installation in Yavorov, western Ukraine, according to authorities. Russian forces fired six rockets from the Black Sea, Lviv region governor Maxim Kosizky said in a video message.

Four missiles had hit the base, two had been intercepted and destroyed by the Ukrainian air defense. Authorities say 35 people were killed and at least 130 wounded in a Russian attack on a Ukrainian army training camp near Yavorif in March.

An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksy Arestovich, does not expect Russian troops to occupy the entire Donetsk region. Four cities will have to be conquered for that, he said, according to the strana.news portal. The Slovyansk-Kramatorsk metropolitan area, where half a million people lived before the war, is considered to be particularly well fortified. It is the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas region.

An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksy Arestovich, does not expect Russian troops to occupy the entire Donetsk region. Four cities will have to be conquered for that, he said, according to the strana.news portal. The Slovyansk-Kramatorsk metropolitan area, where half a million people lived before the war, is considered to be particularly well fortified. It is the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas region.

The city of Ziverodonetsk had fallen to Russian troops on Friday. Ukraine had ordered the site evacuated, said Luhansk region governor Serhiy Hajdaj. So far, Ziverodonetsk was one of the last parts of Luhansk not yet occupied by Russian and pro-Russian fighters.

Meanwhile, about 70% of buildings in Sjewjerodonezk have been damaged. There is no electricity or gas for the 9,000 people still living in the city, which once had more than 100,000 inhabitants.

Source: Capital

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