The Ukrainian authorities have denounced this Sunday that the Dnipro airport, in the center-east of the country, has been destroyed in a Russian attack, the Ukrinform and Unian agencies reported.
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, has assured on his Telegram channel that “There is nothing left of the airport, destroyed along with the attached infrastructure”.
“The rockets continue to fly,” the official denounced while trying to clarify information about possible victims of the bombing.
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council, Mykola Lukashuk, confirmed, for his part, that three impacts were recorded on the airport grounds that also left nearby infrastructure destroyed.
He specified that five employees of the State Emergency Situations Service were injured.
Lukashuk had previously reported that seven hits were recorded in Dnipro last night.
The Russian Army confirmed this Sunday the destruction of the headquarters of the Ukrainian Dnepr battalion, located in the Dnipropetrovsk region, in the east of the country, and close to the airport, after a missile attack on Saturday night.
The airport had already been the target of another attack on March 15 that destroyed the runway and damaged a terminal building.
The Ukrainian deputy Lesia Vasilenko has indicated that “all the investments made in the airport”, which was completely renovated last year, “have been completely ruined”, as she has made known on her Twitter account.
Dnipro is an industrial city of one million inhabitants crossed by the Dnieper River (Dnipro in Ukrainian), which marks the limit of the eastern regions of the country.
So far it has been relatively unaffected by advancing Russian forces.
ATTACK ON THE TRAIN
At least 50 people were killed, including four children, and another 100 were injured this Friday in a rocket attack on the Kramatorsk station.a city in eastern Ukraine, where hundreds of people were waiting for a train to leave the region.
“More than 30 people died and more than 100 were injured after a rocket fired at the station (…) It is a deliberate attack”, he said on Telegram Oleksander Kamyshinresponsible for the Ukrainian railway company Ukrzaliznytsia.
moments later, rescue services reported that there were at least 50 dead.
More than a month after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has shifted its focus to the eastern and southern parts of the country after strong resistance torpedoed its plans for an easy capture of the capital, kyiv..
Instead, Russian troops appear aimed at creating a long-sought land link between occupied Crimea and the small Moscow-backed breakaway states of Donetsk and Luhansk in Donbas.
Heavy shelling has already begun to devastate cities in the region, and authorities have asked civilians to flee, but the intensity of the fighting prevents evacuations..
In Donetsk, the head of the regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenkosaid three evacuation trains had been temporarily blocked after a Russian airstrike on an overpass next to a station.
But officials continued to pressure civilians to leave wherever possible.
“There is no secret: the battle for Donbas will be decisive. What we have already experienced, all this horror, can be multiplied”, warned the governor of the Lugansk region, Sergiy Gaiday.
“Leave away! The next few days are the last chances. Buses will be waiting for you in the morning”, he added.
(with information from EFE, EP and AFP)
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