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KYIV/KONSTIANNOVKA, Ukraine, July 2 (Reuters) – The Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine was bombed Saturday as Russian missile strikes targeted civilian casualties outside the city centers, helping Russian artillery advance east. Leading.
“There are powerful explosions in the city! Stay in cover!” Oleksandr Senkevich, the mayor of Mykolaiv Oblast, which borders the important economic port of Odessa, wrote on messaging app Telegram as air raid sirens sounded.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately collected, although Russia later said that there had been a strike on military command posts in the area. Reuters was unable to independently verify these reports.
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Kyiv attacked that Moscow had stepped up its missile strikes on cities remote from the main livestock battlefields and deliberately targeted civilian targets. Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops on the eastern front are reporting heavy artillery shelling of residential areas.
Russia claims to be hitting military bases and denies hitting civilian surfaces. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “the Russian armed forces are not pursuing their goals.”
Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, inspected Russian troops in a so-called “special military operation” in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said, although it is not clear if he is in Ukraine.
Russian forces are slowly but steadily advancing on Ukraine’s production with ruthless artillery, on which Moscow has focused its broader aerial goals to topple governments after fierce Ukrainian resistance.
“Of course, it updates us to demoralize. It may hurt some, but it gives us great responsibility and determination,” said a Ukrainian soldier returning from Lisizansk, Ukraine’s last stronghold in the Luhansk region.
Since Russia’s first military intervention in Ukraine in 2014, Russia has sought to expel Ukrainian troops from the Luhansk and Donetsk industrialized eastern Donbass, where Moscow has separatists fighting over Kyiv.
The Russian news agency TASS, citing a source close to Russia’s powerful forces in Luhansk, said the last forces in Lysisansk, Ukraine, were under massive attack. “If they don’t give up, they will soon be defeated,” the source said.
Independent verification of the report is not possible. Ukrainian officials did not immediately respond to Reuters inquiries about the injuries.
Houses are on fire
This month, Russian troops captured Severodonetsk, a key city in Lugansk. After the fierce fighting of the four-month war, entire districts were left in ruins. dawn to shelling observations and other settlements.
“Private houses in the attacked villages are burning one after another,” the governor of the Luhansk region, Sergei Kaidai, said in a telegram, suggesting that the shelling prevented the Lisizans from extinguishing the fires.
The level of weapons from the West is more weapons, saying that its strength is superior to the Russian military.
Troops retreating from the fighting in the trading town of Konstantinovka, 115 km (72 miles) west of Lisizansk, said they had managed to maintain a supply route to the war-torn town despite Russian bombardment.
“We still use the expensive ones because it is within Russian reach,” said one soldier, who usually lives in Kyiv but did not name him because his comrades were relaxing nearby, eating sandwiches or eating ice cream.
“The Russian tactic now is to shell any building we are moving in. As soon as they run out, they move on to the next building,” the soldier said.
Russia also attacked cities behind the front lines. A rocket hit an apartment building near the southern port city of Odessa on Friday, killing at least 21 people, according to official figures. At least 19 people were killed on Monday in a terrorist attack at a shopping center in Kremenchuk.
In a speech on Friday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced what he called “sensational, nuclear explosive terrorism, not some kind of mistake or accidental missile attack.” Moscow denied the allegations.
Thousands of civilians were killed and cities razed to the ground after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what Moscow called a “special military operation” to root out nationalists. Ukraine and its Western allies say this is an unprovoked war of aggression.
Despite the blow to production, Ukrainian forces have made some progress in other circumstances, including forcing them to withdraw from the Black Sea region 140 km (85 miles) southeast of Odessa, which Moscow captured at the start of the war.
Russia has a Snake Island for the blockade of Ukraine, one of the world’s largest exporters and a major producer of seeds for vegetable oils. These events are accompanied by rising grain and food prices in Europe.
Russia, a major producer, has said it has caused food development and blames Western revenues for what they add to its exports.
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Reuters report; Lincoln Feist and Edmund Blair; Editing: William Mallard and Katherine Evans
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