(Kyiv) “Massive” Russian strikes left 21 dead and 48 injured on Wednesday in the Kherson region (southern Ukraine), including at a train station and a supermarket, according to a new report.
“At present, 21 people have been killed and 48 injured! In less than a day! In one region! “Wrote President Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram messaging.
A previous report from the Ukrainian presidency reported 18 dead and 46 injured, and said the attacks were continuing.
“A train station and a crossroads, a building, a tool shop, a supermarket and a gas station: do you know what these places have in common? The bloody trail that Russia leaves with its shells, killing civilians in Kherson and the region,” wrote the Ukrainian president, who was in Finland on Wednesday.
“The world must see and know,” he added. “We will never forgive. We will win […] and all perpetrators will be held accountable,” he wrote.
Authorities said earlier that strikes on a supermarket and train station in the city of Kherson left at least four people dead and several injured, and another shelling killed three people who were working on repairing an energy site. .
According to the head of the local military administration, Oleksandr Prokudin, Kherson was during the day “still under fire from Russian artillery”.
The city, occupied for several months in 2022 by troops from Moscow, was liberated last November following a successful Kyiv counter-offensive in the region.
Since then, Kherson has been under regular bombardment, as the Russian army retreated across the Dnieper River.
Mr. Prokudin also announced on Wednesday a curfew in Kherson, from Friday evening, for 58 hours, when Kyiv says it is preparing to launch a major counter-offensive.
“As of 8:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. EST) on May 5, a curfew will be in place in Kherson, and it will last until 6:00 a.m. (11:00 p.m. EST) on May 8. “, he said earlier in the day.
“During these 58 hours, it will be forbidden to move and be on the streets of the city. (Kherson) will also be closed to entry and exit,” he added.
Mr. Prokudin justified “these temporary restrictions” by “the need” for “law enforcement to be able to do their job”.
The authorities’ announcement comes as Kyiv says its preparations for a major counter-offensive to recapture Russian-occupied territories in the east and south “are coming to an end”.