Ukraine claims responsibility for latest attacks on Russian-controlled areas in the east
The Ukrainian Army General Staff on Sunday claimed responsibility for a series of missile attacks launched over the weekend against command points and warehouses in Russian-occupied territory, reporting at least seven injuries over the past few hours in Donetsk, in the east of the country.
The statement from the Ukrainian military high command has not identified specific targets, but noted that the attacks were carried out with artillery and missiles.
However, Russian forces launched their own salvo of attacks on Sunday. “The danger remains that the enemy will launch rocket and drone attacks directed against our energy infrastructure and the entire area of Ukraine,” the statement said.
Russia, for its part, reported multiple Ukrainian artillery strikes on the southeastern city of Melitopol on Saturday. Russian air defense systems also intervened over that city, as well as over Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula.
This afternoon, Russian authorities in Donetsk reported damage from shelling on a children’s hospital. Other attacks have caused significant damage to 20 multi-storey residential buildings in the city’s Kievsky district.
The number of civilians injured as a result of shelling of Donetsk by Ukrainian troops has risen to seven people, the Russian mayor of the city, Oleksiy Kulemzin, confirmed in a statement carried by the Russian TASS agency.