Three dead from the bombings in Kharkiv, Russia continues its attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure

2024-06-22 20:40:08 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

Three dead from the bombings in Kharkiv, Russia continues its attacks on

At least three people were killed as a result of Russian attacks in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, on Saturday afternoon, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

According to the mayor of the city, Ihor Terekhov, another 38 people were injured in the attack. Four aerial bombs were dropped on the city, damaging residential buildings, shops and public transport stations, Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said. According to him, four of the injured are in serious condition.

"This Russian terror with self-guided aerial bombs must and can be stopped. Bold decisions are needed from our partners so that we can destroy Russian terrorists and Russian warplanes where they are," Mr. Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram app.

President Zelenskyy said last month that Ukraine urgently needs at least seven more Patriot missile systems to fend off Russian attacks against the power grid and civilian areas, as well as military targets.

Meanwhile, Russia carried out missile and drone attacks on Ukraine on Saturday, damaging energy facilities in the southeast and west of the country and injuring at least two energy system workers, Kiev officials said.

The Ukrainian air force said it shot down 12 of 16 missiles and all 13 drones launched by Russia in the second major attack this week. Alerts issued in the middle of the night for air strikes in Ukrainian regions lasted for several hours.

Ukrainian electricity company Ukrenergo reported damage to its facilities in Zaporizhia and Lviv. Two employees were taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the company.

Moscow said its airstrikes against Ukraine's energy infrastructure were in response to Ukrainian drone strikes on Russian territory.

Ukraine is expected to start negotiations for EU membership

On Friday, during the nightly speech, the President of Ukraine Volodymzy Zelenskyy said that the European Union has approved the start of talks on Ukraine's membership. According to him, the negotiations will start next week.

Ukraine submitted its application for membership in the European Union shortly after the beginning of Russian aggression on its territory.

The EU's decision to move forward with talks is a strong message to Russia about Brussels' support for Ukraine in several areas, including financial.

The European Union has also approved the negotiating framework for Ukraine's neighboring country, Moldova./VOA