Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

A Russian drone strike on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, killed at the least seven individuals in a single day, together with three youngsters, the regional governor says

KYIV, Ukraine — A Russian drone strike on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, killed at the least seven individuals in a single day, together with three youngsters, Kharkiv area governor Oleh Syniehubov reported Saturday.

He stated the Iranian-made Shahed drone hit civilian infrastructure within the Nemyshlyan district on the town, inflicting a large fireplace that burned down 15 personal homes.

Inside Minister Ihor Klymenko stated greater than 50 individuals had been evacuated and that emergency staff had contained the blaze by Saturday morning.

The Ukrainian air power stated air protection techniques destroyed 23 out of 31 Iranian Shahed drones launched by Russia in a single day. The drones primarily focused the northeastern Kharkiv area and the southern province of Odesa, the assertion stated.

Odesa regional governor Oleh Kiper stated 4 individuals had been injured there by the in a single day drone assaults.

The assaults got here in three waves, he stated. The primary focused the regional capital — the port metropolis of Odesa. All 9 drones had been shot down, however the particles broken port infrastructure and injured one particular person.

The second and the third waves focused port infrastructure within the Danube river space, Kiper stated. A complete of 12 drones had been shot down and three individuals had been injured.

Romania’s Ministry of Nationwide Protection stated on Saturday that Russia carried out in a single day drone assaults on Ukraine’s river ports of Ismail and Reni, close to the border with Romania.

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The ministry stated that an F-16 jet of the Turkish Air Power was deployed from a Romanian airbase round 1:15 a.m. to hold out “reconnaissance missions” in nationwide airspace to observe the scenario. Textual content alerts had been additionally issued to residents in two counties adjoining to the assaults.

NATO member Romania has found drone particles on its territory a number of occasions earlier than, following sustained assaults on Ukraine’s port infrastructure as Moscow tried to disrupt Kyiv’s capability to export grain and different produce to world markets.

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Related Press writers Stephen McGrath in Sighisoara, Romania, and Dasha Litvinova in Tallinn, Estonia, contributed.

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