Kyiv: Tragedy struck in Kherson, Ukraine, as Russia’s shelling claimed the lives of seven individuals, including a 23-day-old infant, while leaving 22 others wounded. The incident occurred in the aftermath of Ukraine’s recovery of Kiev, a part of the Kherson region, from Russian control last November. Despite this reclamation, Russia resumed shelling in the Kherson area. The attack resulted in the loss of five members from a single family in the village of Shyroka Balka. Additionally, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin confirmed the demise of two individuals, including a local church pastor from the neighbouring Stanislav area.
Reports indicate a total of 17 shelling incidents within the Kherson region. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy denounced Russian attacks not only in Kherson but also in various other locations such as Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, Donbass, Kharkiv, and the northeastern border regions. In response to the escalating situation, over 100 people were evacuated from Kharkiv in the past 24 hours, according to Kharkiv’s military chief, Oleh Zinihubov.
This assault on the Kherson province followed Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar’s efforts to dispel rumours on Saturday concerning Ukrainian forces landing on the occupied left (east) bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region.
Ukrainian military authorities reported Saturday evening that Kyiv’s forces had achieved notable progress in the southern region, marking successes near a pivotal village within the Zaporizhzhia region. Furthermore, they claimed to have captured unspecified territories.
Ukraine’s General Staff acknowledged “partial success” near the strategically significant Robotyne area in the Zaporizhzhia region. This location holds critical importance as it serves as a vital Russian stronghold that Ukraine aims to retake in its southward advance towards Melitopol’.
Meanwhile, Russian local officials revealed that air defence systems successfully intercepted and downed three drones over the Belgorod region and another over the neighbouring Kursk region, both of which share borders with Ukraine.