As Ukrainian soldiers launched a counteroffensive with Western-supplied artillery, the latest casualties occurred in Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Overnight Monday into Tuesday, Russian missiles reportedly struck a warehouse and a residential building in a city in central Ukraine, killing at least ten people and wounding over two dozen.
Zelenskyy posted photos from the incident to his Telegram channel, depicting firemen battling the blaze through the shattered windows of a structure. Vehicles were strewn all over the ground, some wholly burned out.
He remarked that killers in Russia had not stopped their assault on civilian neighborhoods and public spaces.
Serhiy Lysak, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, announced on Twitter that six dead had been found in the warehouse of a private enterprise.
At least 28 people were injured, according to Kryvyi Rih Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul’s Telegram post.
On Telegram, local governor Oleh Syniehubov said that Iranian-made Shahed drones were used in an attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. In Shevchenko, southeast of Kharkiv, two residents were hurt in the bombardment.
Kharkiv’s mayor, Ihor Terekhov, reported the attack on a utility company and a warehouse in the city’s northeast early on Tuesday morning. Terekhov and Syniehubov both avoided discussing deaths that occurred in Kharkiv.
According to the Kyiv military administration, the capital city was also attacked on Tuesday, but air defenses shot down all inbound missiles, and there were no recorded injuries.
Meanwhile, the chief of Ukrainian ground forces reported “progress” near the Donetsk area of Bakhmut.
Ukrainian soldiers are engaged in “defensive” actions, while Russian forces are losing footholds on the outer boundaries, according to a Telegram post by Oleksandr Syrskyi.
West of Bakhmut, a city destroyed by the most prolonged and deadliest combat of the war, Ukrainian officials have been claiming small gains for weeks.
The progress was very limited in land and highlighted the arduous nature of the war ahead for Ukrainian forces, who must now fight to reclaim roughly one-fifth of their nation still under Russian control.