Russia said on Sunday that 28 people, including women and children, were killed in a Ukrainian attack on the town of Lisichansk in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian province of Lugansk.
This came as the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the latter visited Ukrainian forces on the Southeastern Front and awarded their members medals, amid persistent speculation that he would soon fire army commander Valery Zalogny , which are very popular.
Zelensky said in a statement after visiting the Zaporozhye region – “It is an honor for me to be here today. To support and honor the warriors. They face a difficult and important mission to repulse the enemy and defend Ukraine. are doing.”
The presidential office said in the statement that Zelensky visited forward positions of the Ukrainian army near the village of Robotyn, which is located almost on the front line.
Kiev retook Robotin, located in southeastern Ukraine, in late August 2023 in its retaliatory attack on Russian forces.
Zelensky's visit came as Moscow announced that a Ukrainian attack on the city of Lisichansk in eastern Ukraine killed 28 people.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry said 10 people were rescued from the debris of the targeted building in the city and “search and rescue operations are ongoing.”
The Russian-controlled Luhansk Information Center said on Telegram that the bombing took place using a HIMARS system provided by the United States.
Ukrainian officials did not make any statement about the attack.
It is noteworthy that Russia captured the city of Lisichansk in July 2022 after months of fierce fighting and according to Ukrainian officials, only about one tenth of its population remained in the city, which numbered 110,000 during the war.
Moscow took control of vast areas of eastern Ukraine after launching its war on the country in February 2022, in the biggest land war in Europe since World War II.
It currently controls about 18% of Ukrainian territory, and the controlled areas are considered integral parts of Russia, while Kiev and the West reject this annexation process and consider it illegal.