Russia did two massive missile attacks against Ukraine on Saturday, ransacked an apartment block in Dnipro and left at least 14 people died and 64 wounded, at least a dozen of them children. Rescue operations continued in the south central city on Sunday. At least one person was also killed in a separate strike on a residential area in the nearby town of Kriviy Rog. Ukrainian authorities said the targets were the country’s energy infrastructure.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom confirmed the country will provide tanks to Ukraine to help Kyiv’s forces “repulse Russian troops”. Downing Street said Rishi Sunak made the pledge during a call on Saturday morning with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and that Sunak offered Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems as a sign of the UK’s “ambition to step up our support for Ukraine”. The Russian embassy in Britain said the move would only “intensify” the conflict.
Emergency power cuts were introduced in 11 regions of Ukraine after Russian strikes on energy infrastructure. In a post on Telegram, network operator Ukrenegro said that consumption limits in place across the country had been exceeded in 11 regions, resulting in “emergency shutdowns being implemented.”
Four explosions were heard in the center of Kyiv on Saturday morning. For the first time since Russia began regular missile and drone attacks on the capital in the fall, air raid sirens went off after the attack. Until now, sirens have sounded 10-90 minutes before an attack, giving residents time to seek shelter.
Air alerts have also been issued across the country, including in the big cities of Kherson and Lviv. Alerts have also been issued for the regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and about a dozen others.
Ukraine has called on its allies for more support after its troops suffered heavy losses in the battles of Soledar and Bakhmut in the recent months. Russia said on Friday that its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, its first claim of victory in months of battlefield setbacks, while Kyiv said fierce fighting continued in the city. “To win this war, we need more military equipment, heavy equipment,” said Andriy Yermak, head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Agence France-Presse reported.
Moldovan authorities announced that debris from a rocket had been found on its territory near the border with Ukraine. They said on Saturday that the find came “after the massive Russian bombing of Ukraine” and that it was the third time that missiles from the conflict had fallen on Moldovan territory.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of shameful subservience to the United States and offered him a ritual disembowelment. His remarks on Saturday were the latest in a long line of shocking and provocative statements by arch-hawk Medvedev, Reuters reported. Speaking later on Saturday, a day after a summit with US President Joe Biden, Kishida did not mention Medvedev’s comment
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