Seven people were killed and at least 58 injured when Russian missiles fired at the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, officials said.
Photos of the wreckage were posted on social media by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who had just returned from a trip to Washington where he secured an additional $1.85 billion in military aid and thanked the America for helping fund the war effort on his first trip outside his country. since the Russian invasion in February.
“It’s terror, it’s killing for intimidation and pleasure,” Zelensky wrote alongside photos of war-torn Kherson on Saturday. “The world must see what absolute evil we are fighting against.”
Deputy chief of Zelensky’s office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said of the approximately 60 civilians injured in the shelling of Kherson, which was liberated last month after a months-long Russian occupation, 16 were seriously injured.
“The barbaric shelling of Kherson by Russian terrorists is not just another war crime, but also revenge on its people who resisted the occupation and proved to the world that Kherson is Ukraine,” said Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. posted on Twitter.
Meanwhile, at least two people were killed and five others injured in missile strikes in the eastern town of Kurakhove, Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.
Early Saturday morning, British intelligence said Russia had bolstered its forces with tens of thousands of reservists, but Moscow was running out of ammunition, limiting its long-range missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure to around once a week.
“A vulnerability in Russia’s current operational design is that even the mere maintenance of defensive operations along its long front line requires a significant daily outlay of shells and rockets,” the UK Ministry of Defense wrote. in an intelligence update.
The update came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his country’s defense industry to continue improving and producing weapons during a visit to Tula, a manufacturing hub of weapons.