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Ukraine launches missile attack on Russian-occupied Melitopol

Picture Courtesy: Balitskyev

The Southern Ukraine has been hit by strikes from both sides in the war, with Russia launching drones at Odesa and Ukraine fighting back in Melitopol. According to reports, the Ukranian army shot down 10 drones on Saturday but another five had hit energy facilities, leaving some 1.5 million people without power.

According to Ukrainian officials, drone attack on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa saw Moscow fire Iranian-made drones at key infrastructure. President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video address, “The situation in the Odesa region is very difficult. Unfortunately the hits were critical, so it takes more than just time to restore electricity. It doesn't take hours, but a few days.”

Ukraine on Saturday received “a new support package from Norway in the amount of $100 million” that will be used “precisely for the restoration of our energy system after these Russian strikes,” Zelensky added.

Melitopol, in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Oblast, has been under Russian occupation since early March. Russia’s acting governor of Zaporizhzhia, Yevgeny Balitsky said that the missile attack on Melitopol had “completely destroyed” a recreation centre where “people, civilians, and base personnel were having dinner on Saturday night.”

The attack on Melitopol came amid social media footage and reports of several blasts in the Crimean city of Simferopol at around 9 p.m. local time on Saturday. There were also reports of explosions in Sevastopol, the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea fleet; at a Russian military barracks in Sovietske; and in Hvardiiske, Dzhankoi and Nyzhniohirskyi.

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