Ukraine war: Odesa and Melitopol under attack
By : thoughtfulnews.com
Updated At 11 December
Thoughtful News :
Southern Ukraine has been hit by strikes from both sides in the war, with Russia launching drones at Odesa and Kyiv fighting back in Melitopol.
The Ukraine War army said it shot down 10 drones on Saturday but another five had hit energy facilities, leaving some 1.5 million people without power.
Later on, the exiled Ukraine mayor of Melitopol said a strike had been carried out on the Russian-held city.
Images shared by a Russian-installed official there show a big fire.
Russia’s drone attack on the Ukraine port city of Odesa saw Moscow fire Iranian-made drones at key infrastructure. Ukrainian officials said.
“The situation in the Odesa region is very difficult,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video address. “Unfortunately the hits were critical, so it takes more than just time to restore electricity. It doesn’t take hours, but a few days.”
Since October, Moscow has been targeting Ukraine energy infrastructure with large waves of missile and drone strikes.
In Melitopol, pro-Moscow authorities said a missile attack had killed two people and injured 10. While Ivan Fedorov, the exiled mayor, said scores of “invaders” had been killed.
RUSSIA -UKRAINE WAR :
- Ukraine has attacked occupied Melitopol in the country’s southeast, Russian-installed and exiled Ukrainian authorities confirmed. Pro-Moscow authorities say two people were killed and 10 wounded.
- Russia’s ex-President Dmitry Medvedev says the country is ramping up production of new-generation weapons to protect itself from enemies in Europe, the United States and Australia.
- Any peace talks in Ukraine cannot be a fig leaf for Russian rearmament. British foreign minister James Cleverly has said, adding that he has not seen any signs that Moscow would enter into negotiations in good faith.
- “Any negotiations need to be real, they need to be meaningful, they can’t just be a fig leaf for Russian rearmament and further recruitment of soldiers.” Cleverly told Sky News.
“Air defense systems destroyed two missiles, four reached their targets.” Yevgeny Balitsky, the Moscow-appointed governor of the occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia region. (Ukraine)said on the Telegram messaging app.
He added that a “recreation center” where people were dining had been destroyed in the Ukraine attack with Himars missiles.