Pro-Russian officials in Lugansk province in eastern Ukraine said 20 people were killed in a missile attack by Ukrainian forces on a bakery in a city in the region, while a fire broke out at an oil refinery in Russian Volgograd. Following a drone strike claimed by Kiev.
The Russian emergencies ministry said its workers recovered 20 bodies from under the debris Saturday after a Ukrainian attack on a building housing a bakery in the city of Lisichansk, the third-largest city in Luhansk province in eastern Ukraine. Controlled by Russia.
The ministry published a video clip of emergency workers pulling out bodies and injured people from under the debris of the destroyed building.
Meanwhile, the German news agency quoted Leonid Pasichnik, commander of pro-Russian separatist forces in Lugansk, as saying, “Ukrainian forces bombed a bakery in Lisichansk, and there are civilian casualties under the debris.”
For her part, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Western weapons were used in the attack, and confirmed that dozens of civilians were in the building when it was bombed.
Lugansk's media center said Ukraine bombed the bakery using the advanced American HIMARs high-speed missile launcher system.
Russian forces have controlled the city of Lisichansk, which is located about 10 kilometers from the front line and has a population of about 100,000 people, since the summer of 2022.
A fire broke out at a large oil refinery in the Volgograd region of south-western Russia yesterday, Saturday, following a drone strike claimed by Ukraine, according to a local official, in a regional development in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Andrey Bocharov, the region's governor, reported that air defense and electronic jamming systems repelled the drone attack in Volgograd, especially in the Kalachevsky and Zakanlje areas.
A fire broke out at a Volgograd refinery after a drone was shot down, he said, adding that there were no casualties in the fire and that firefighters were successful in bringing it under control.
For its part, the Russian military said in a statement – that its air defense systems shot down 4 drones in the Belgorod region, and encountered two in Volgograd and another in Rostov-on-Don.
For its part, Kiev said Russian forces targeted Ukrainian sites with 14 drones and two missiles, and reported that the strikes targeted energy supply sites in the Dnipropetrovsk industrial zone.
The Ukrainian military said that 9 of the above-mentioned marches were stopped, while an official in the region reported that those attacks resulted in two fires, which knocked out electricity services for about 15,000 residents of the region as well as causing damage to the area. Due to this, some tram lines in the city were cancelled.