Eight killed in Russian attacks on Ukraine

Kyiv, April 19 (IANS/DPA) At least eight people were killed and 15 injured in southern Ukraine as a result of heavy bombing by Russia early on Friday, authorities said.

Two people were killed and fifteen were injured in the regional capital Dnipro, Governor Serhiy Lysak announced via Telegram.

Governor Lysak announced on Telegram that a five-story residential building had been hit and state-owned railways were targeted. The main station in Dnipro was closed and long-distance trains were diverted.

Six people – including two children – were also killed in the town of Synelnykove after several family homes were hit, according to Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko.

Ukraine is being targeted by Russian missiles almost every night as Moscow tries to up the ante after months of stalemate in the conflict. Russia invaded Ukraine more than two years ago.

A factory was also damaged in Pavlohrad and an infrastructure building in Kryvyi Rih, officials added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Telegram that the airspace above Ukraine could be just as well defended as the airspace above Israel if foreign partners supplied more weapons.

According to Governor Lysak, the air defense system over Dnipropetrovsk was able to shoot down nine Russian missiles, but others got through.

Since Soviet times, Dnipro and other cities in the region have been home to defense industries.

In the south, the Dnipro River is the front line of the war and Russian forces shelled the Nikopol district across the river with artillery, Lysak added.

The port city of Odessa was also attacked with missiles from the Black Sea, the Ukrainian air force said.

Source: IANS

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