Ukrainian authorities reported that Russian missile strikes and shelling had killed at the least 16 civilians in cities all through the nation after the Kremlin’s army leaders stated that they had ordered troops to “additional intensify” their actions in all areas.
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Residents of Kyiv sought cowl on July 16 as air-raid sirens blared throughout the Ukrainian capital, whereas Ukraine’s most senior atomic official accused Russian troops occupying Europe’s largest nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhya of utilizing it to shell close by areas and retailer superior weapons.
The reviews couldn’t be independently confirmed, however they arrive amid a flurry of lethal Russian strikes on civilian websites, together with an assault within the historic metropolis of Vinnytsya on July 15 that killed 24 individuals.
Russia claimed the strike focused officers’ housing, however Ukrainian and U.S. officers rejected that assertion and stated the assaults hit civilian websites. Not less than 39 individuals remained lacking following the strike.
After failing to take Kyiv within the early days of the warfare, Russia has turned its major concentrate on taking the entire Donbas area — consisting of the japanese provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk.
However recent assaults have been reported as nicely within the north and south of Ukraine. The northeast metropolis of Kharkiv, the nation’s second-largest, has been blasted by heavy bombardments in current days. Ukrainian officers stated the Kremlin’s subsequent transfer could possibly be a full-scale assault on the town of 1.45 million individuals.
Serhiy Bolvinov, deputy head of the Kharkiv regional police, stated Russian rockets blasted a two-story house block and different buildings.
“4 Russian rockets, presumably fired from round [the Russian city of] Belgorod at evening, at about 3:30 a.m., hit a residential constructing, a college, and administrative buildings,” Bolvinov wrote on Fb.
“The our bodies of three individuals have been discovered beneath the rubble. Three extra have been injured. The victims are civilians,” Bolvinov added.
On July 16, the Russian Protection Ministry stated Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu gave “directions to additional intensify the actions of items in all operational areas, with a purpose to exclude the potential for the Kyiv regime launching huge rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbas and different areas.”
Within the Donetsk area, web site of the heaviest combating, seven civilians have been killed and 14 wounded over the previous 24 hours in assaults on cities, its governor stated on July 16.
Nonetheless, Serhiy Hayday, governor of the neighboring Luhansk area, stated Ukrainian troops had repelled a Russian in a single day assault on a strategic japanese freeway. He stated Russian forces had been making an attempt to seize the principle street hyperlink between the cities of Lysychansk and Bakhmut “for greater than two months.”
“They nonetheless can not management a number of kilometers of this street,” Hayday wrote on Telegram.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated in his nightly video handle late on July 16 that air-raid warnings have been being sounded throughout the nation, together with in Dnipro and Kremenchuk, two cities south of Kyiv alongside the Dnieper River.
He stated the Russians “are realizing that we’re progressively changing into stronger” and have been utilizing assaults on cities to “stress” and “intimidate” Ukrainians.
The Ukrainian Military’s Basic Workers stated early on July 16 that their forces had efficiently repelled assault operations by Russian troops close to the Spirne-Ivano-Daryivka areas of Donetsk.
Late on July 16, in Odesa, a key port metropolis on the Black Sea that has not seen heavy shelling as of but, a Russian missile hit a warehouse, igniting flames and sending up a plume of black smoke. No accidents have been instantly report.
A day earlier, Maksym Marchenko, head of the Odesa army administration, stated Russian troops had fired three missiles on Odesa Oblast, with one missile being shot down by Ukrainian air protection methods.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom President Petro Kotin stated in a televised interview that the scenario at Zaporizhzhya is “extraordinarily tense” and stress on the Russians to free the world’s nuclear plant “inadequate.”
Round 500 Russian troopers are stated to be controlling entry to Zaporizhzhya, which lies on the Dnieper River in southeastern Ukraine and has been in Russian fingers because the early weeks of the invasion.
“The occupiers carry their equipment there, together with missile methods, from which they already shell the opposite aspect of the Dnieper River and the territory of Nikopol,” Kotin stated.
He additionally criticized the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company’s dealing with of the scenario round Zaporizhzhya, which earlier than the warfare provided round one-fifth of Ukraine’s domestically generated vitality.
“[The IAEA] is enjoying some political video games, balancing between Russia and Ukraine,” Kotin stated.