Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials said on Monday that at least three Ukrainian civilians have been killed and about 20 others wounded in the Russian military’s latest artillery barrage.
The eastern region of Donetsk, one of the two provinces that make up the country’s industrial heartland Donbass, which has been the center of the Russian offensive, has faced the most intense shelling.
Regional officials said at least three people were killed and 13 wounded in Russian shelling in several towns and villages in the Donetsk region during the past 24 hours. The barrage has damaged dozens of residential buildings and civilian infrastructure.
In Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, five civilians were wounded in the latest Russian shelling early Monday, according to city mayor Ihor Terekhov.
The Russian army also attacked many other areas of Ukraine With rockets and artillery.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday that Russian warplanes struck Ukrainian army posts in the southern Kherson region and the Donetsk region. He said the Russian air force also attacked a facility in the Kharkiv region, killing at least 100 people from Poland and Germany and injuring 50 “mercenaries”. Their claims could not be independently verified.
Speaking at the opening of an arms show outside Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the military’s actions in Ukraine, declaring that it “fights for Russia… release step by step.”
For its part, the Ukrainian military claims to have destroyed more than 10 Russian warehouses with ammunition and military equipment in the past week.
Other Events Monday:
—— Lawyers for American basketball star Brittany Griner filed an appeal against a nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession, Russian news agencies reported. Griner, center of the Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted on August 4. He was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after vape canisters containing cannabis oil were found in his luggage.
—— The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, extended the martial law and general mobilization of the country for another 90 days.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video late Sunday that Ukraine has always longed for peace and has repeatedly offered the Russian leadership in various dialogue formats to end the war and free Ukrainian lands from occupation. “But until now, Russia believes in terror, lives in the grip of its propaganda delusions and still hopes that it can achieve something through various forms of blackmail. It will not.”
He insisted that “we must defend ourselves,” adding that “the stronger Ukraine, the weaker Russia is, and, therefore, the less this war will last.”
—— Zelensky sacked the heads of three regional branches of Ukraine’s top security agency, the SBU, in the Kyiv, Lviv and Tarnopil regions. Zelensky’s office did not elaborate on the reasons behind the move. Last month, he sacked SBU chief Ivan Bakanov and a chief prosecutor, saying there were too many people in his departments who faced charges of collaborating with the Russians.
Speaking in an interview with Singapore’s CNA television, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska said that “no one in the world can take a neutral stance in that war,” adding that “you can be on either side of the attacker”. or those who have come under attack, there is no other option.”
“People in other countries should know – it is not Ukraine to blame for rising prices, it is the aggressor who started the war,” she said.
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