At least seven dead after a new Russian bombardment on a residential building in Zaporizhzhia

File photo of an apartment building destroyed by a Russian missile attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine (REUTERS / Stringer) (STRINGER /)

At least seven people have died this Thursday in an attack against a town in the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia, which has led the Ukrainian and Russian authorities to exchange new accusations about the authorship of the launches.

Russian troops have fired, as reported by the Ukrainian authorities, at least three missiles against the town of Vilniansk around 5:00 a.m. (local time) in the morning, one of the projectiles arriving to hit a residential building which housed three families.

After rescuers, public service workers and volunteers dismantled the rubble, Kirilo Timoshenko, the ‘number two’ in the office of Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, has confirmed on his Telegram profile at least seven deaths, the first preliminary balance being of two deaths, as previously stated by the head of the Zaporizhzhia military administration, Oleksandr Starukh.

“Regarding the consequences of a Russian night missile that hit a 4-apartment residential building in Vilniansk, Zaporizhzhia region. The bodies of seven dead people were removed from the rubble”, he indicated.

Shortly after, the authorities established by Russia in the region have accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of being behind the attack. The spokesman for the main council of the military-civilian administration established by Russia, Vladimir Rogov, has detailed that the attack has been carried out against the town of Mikhailovka.

File photo of a building destroyed during the Russian attacks on Zaporizhzhia (REUTERS // Sergiy Chalyi)
File photo of a building destroyed during the Russian attacks on Zaporizhzhia (REUTERS // Sergiy Chalyi) (STRINGER /)

Russia annexed this region in September, along with those of Kherson, Donetsk and Lugansk, in the midst of the invasion unleashed on February 24 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian forces have made progress in some of them, partially occupied by Russian troops, in recent weeks.

Russian strikes also hit the district of Kharkiv, where a woman was killed and three other people were injured in Kupiansk, according to the regional governor, Oleh Syniehubov. In this case, at least twelve houses in Vovchansk and several warehouses in Kupiansk were damaged, the source added.

in the region of Dnipropetrovsk The Russian attacks damaged some twenty blocks of flats and houses, as well as farms, a school, vehicles and gas pipelines, as well as electricity supply lines, which left some six thousand people without water supply and more than 40,000 homes, according to the regional governor, Valentyn Reznichenko.

(With information from EuropaPress and EFE)

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