‘Dozens killed or injured’ in Russian attack on Zaporizhzhia | Russo-Ukrainian War

The Ukrainian army says the night shelling caused severe damage to residential buildings in the city.

Dozens of people were killed in the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia after the Russian army shelled the city overnight, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said.

“Overnight, Russian occupiers cynically struck residential buildings and civilian infrastructure,” the army’s central command said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

“The information on the victims is confirmed, but we already know dozens of dead or wounded.”

Earlier, city official Anatoliy Kurtev said at least 17 people were killed in an overnight bombardment.

“As a result of a night missile attack on Zaporizhzhia, apartment buildings and roads in a residential area of ​​the city were damaged,” wrote local official Anatoliy Kurtev, secretary of the city administration , on the Telegram messaging app.

“As of now, we know that 17 people have died.”

Russia is under increasing pressure on the battlefield in Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces continue to advance in a counter-offensive that began in the Kharkiv region early last month.

On Saturday, Moscow announced a new commander for the war, Air Force Chief Sergei Surovikin, after announcing last month the annexation of four occupied areas, in violation of international law, and the mobilization of some 300,000 reservists.

The city of Zaporizhzhia is about 125 km (80 miles) from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which Russia occupied shortly after invading Ukraine on February 24.

The plant lost its last external power source in the early hours of Saturday morning amid renewed artillery fire and now depends on emergency diesel generators to cool the reactors and meet other safety requirements.

The six reactors of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe are shut down.

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