Russian missiles attacked industrial facilities in a strategic city in southern Ukraine on Sunday as a funeral was held for a 4-year-old girl who was killed in a previous strike elsewhere in the country.
Liza with Down Syndrome was on her way to meet a speech therapist with her mother when a Russian missile attacked the city of Vinnytsia in central Ukraine on Thursday.
At least 24 people died, including Liza and two boys aged 7 and 8. More than 200 people were injured, including Liza’s mother, who remained in the intensive care unit in a serious condition.
“I didn’t know Liza, but no one can calmly accomplish this,” said priest Vitali Horoskevic, when Liza’s body lay in a coffin of flowers and a teddy bear.
“We know that evil can’t win,” he added.
On Sunday, more Russian missiles attacked the industrial facilities of the strategic southern city of Mykolaiv, the main shipbuilding center at the mouth of the South Pivdennyi River. There was no immediate information about casualties.
Mykolaiv has been facing regular missile attacks in recent weeks as the Russians tried to soften the defense of Ukraine.
Russian troops have declared the goal of blocking the entire Black Sea coast of Ukraine to the border with Romania. If successful, such efforts could have a devastating impact on Ukraine’s economy and trade, allowing Moscow to secure an overpass to Transnistoria, Moldova’s separatist region, which hosts Russia’s military bases. Will be.
Early in the campaign, Ukrainian troops fought off Russia’s attempt to occupy Mykolaiv near the Black Sea coast between the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and Odesa, Ukraine’s main port.
Since then, Russian troops have stopped trying to advance in the city, but continued to attack the city with regular missile strikes.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday that Russian missiles had destroyed the base of anti-ship Harpoon missiles delivered to Ukraine by NATO allies.
Russians also sought to strengthen their position in the Kherson region near the Crimean Peninsula and in parts of the northern region of Zaporizhia seized at the beginning of the conflict, fearing Ukraine’s counterattack.
The British Ministry of Defense said on Sunday that Russia is moving personnel and equipment between Kherson, Mariupol and Zaporizhia. Russians are also strengthening safety measures around Melitopol.
“Given the pressure on Russian personnel, the strengthening of the South shows the seriousness of the Russian commander seeing the threat while the fight for Donbus continues,” he added.
So far, Russian troops have focused on trying to control Donbus, the eastern industrial center of Ukraine, where the most capable and well-equipped Ukrainian troops are located.
Ukraine maintains control of two small villages in the Luhansk region, one of the two states that make up Donbus, and prevents its troops from advancing into Russia’s second village, the Donetsk region. He states that he has succeeded in doing so.
Ukrainian staff said on Sunday that Ukrainian troops stopped attempts to advance Russia into Slovyansk, Donetsk’s main Ukrainian base, and other attacks elsewhere in the region.
During a frontline visit on Saturday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered “further strengthening the actions of troops in all operational areas.”
Russian troops said they had attacked the Ukrainian and artillery positions in Donbus with the latest series of strikes, including US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launchers. Russia’s claim could not be independently verified.
Dmitry Medvedev, vice-chairman of the Security Council of Russia, chaired by President Vladimir Putin, responded to a statement by Ukrainian authorities that Kyiv could attack the bridge between Crimea and Russia. He warned leaders of the devastating consequences.
“If that happens, the results will be clear: they will face an end momentarily,” Medvejev said on Sunday. “It will be very difficult for them to hide.”
While focusing on Donbus, Russians attacked regions across the country on missile strikes.
President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Ukrainians not to fall into Russia’s attempt to scare them with a horrifying missile attack warning he said was aimed at disrupting Ukrainian society.
“It’s clear that Russian missiles and artillery can’t break our unity or keep us off the road to democratic and independent Ukraine,” he said in his nightly video to the country. I said in the speech. “And it is also clear that Ukraine’s unity cannot be broken by lies, intimidation, counterfeiting or conspiracy theories.”
At least three civilians were killed and three were injured in a pre-dawn Russian strike in the city of Chuhuiv, just 75 miles (120 km) from the Russian border, in the Kharkiv region on Saturday, police said.
Ludmila Kleksina, who lives in the attacked apartment, said the couple were killed and the old man who lived on the ground floor was also killed.
Another resident said she was lucky to survive.
“I was running and trying to hide in the bathroom. I didn’t get it, and it saved me,” Valentina Bushewa said. Pointing to the destroyed apartment, she said. Kitchen – half a room. And I stayed in place, so I survived. “