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Ukraine launched a wave of drones at Russia within the early hours of Saturday, setting a gas depot ablaze, officers stated, as each side accused one another of lethal assaults on civilians.

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The governor of Russia’s Belgorod area stated cross-border Ukrainian assaults left at the least three folks lifeless, whereas a Russian strike killed two in Ukraine’s northeast.

A supply in Ukraine’s defence sector informed AFP Kyiv focused eight Russian areas within the “large-scale” drone assault, which was geared toward “energy infrastructure that feeds Russia’s military-industrial complex”.

“At least three electrical substations and a fuel storage base were hit and caught fire,” the supply stated, calling it a “joint operation” of Ukraine’s SBU safety service, military, and army intelligence.

Russia’s defence ministry stated it had intercepted 50 Ukrainian drones in a single day, a few of them lots of of kilometres from the border, together with close to the capital Moscow.

Video on social media purportedly confirmed a big blaze burning at a gas depot in Russia’s western Smolensk area, an assault that the governor confirmed was attributable to drones.

“Air defence forces shot the aerial vehicles down. However, as a result of falling debris, a tank with fuel and lubricants caught fire,” governor Vasily Anokhin stated.

Kyiv has ramped up strikes on Russian oil and gasoline services in latest months, a part of what it calls “fair” retaliation on infrastructure used to gas Russia’s conflict.

‘Doctors did all the things’

Ukrainian drones left two folks in Russia’s Belgorod border area lifeless, its governor stated early Saturday, whereas shelling later within the day killed a pregnant lady.

A residential constructing and a barn within the village of Poroz, lower than two kilometres (one mile) from the frontier, have been “completely burned down”, governor Vyacheslav Gladkov stated. Another constructing was severely broken.

“As a result of the release of two explosive devices, a private residential building caught fire. Tragically, two civilians died — a woman who was recovering from a fractured femur, and a man who was caring for her,” Gladkov wrote on Telegram.

He later stated Ukraine shelled the village of Novaya Tavolzhanka, killing a pregnant lady and her unborn little one.

“Doctors did everything possible to save both mother and child. But to the great grief, the woman and the unborn baby died from their wounds,” he stated.

‘We cannot wait’

Ukraine in the meantime stated Russia launched strikes at residential buildings within the northeastern metropolis of Vovchansk, killing two folks and injuring two others.

“A direct hit was recorded on a nine-storey residential building. A woman and a man were injured. Both victims are 61 years old. At other addresses, two men aged 50 and 84 died as a result of shelling in the city,” regional prosecutors stated.

The area’s governor, Oleg Sinegubov, shared a photograph displaying a pile of rubble subsequent to the collapsed part of a multi-storey residential block.

Russia fired at the least seven missiles at Ukraine in a single day, two of which have been shot down by air defences, Ukraine’s air power stated.

Ukraine has in latest months pleaded for extra air defences from its Western allies because it struggles to fend off a surge in lethal assaults on civilian infrastructure.

The strike on its northeast comes a day after President Volodymyr Zelensky urged NATO to rapidly ship extra help to assist his struggling forces, which have ceded floor to Russia in latest months.

“This year, we can’t wait for decisions to be made,” he informed NATO defence ministers.

“We need seven more Patriots or similar air defence systems — and it’s a minimum number. They can save many lives and really change the situation,” Zelensky stated.

FRANCE 24’s Emmanuelle Chaze studies from Kyiv



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