Seven people were killed, including three children, this Saturday during nighttime Russian drone strikes on a gas station in Kharkiv, a town in eastern Ukraine, announced the region’s governor, Oleg Sinegoubov.
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UPDATE ON VICTIMS IN KHARKIV
We know a little more about the seven people who died following Russian drone strikes on a gas station in Kharkiv. According to the region’s governor, a couple and their three children “died” in their house, “an entire family of five people”, due to the fire. “The man’s body was found in the hallway of the house, while the mother and children tried to escape into the bathroom,” Oleg Synegoubov said on his Telegram channel. In another house, a retired couple died.
“The fire was caused by a fuel leak, followed by a dangerous substance leaking into the street,” spreading to homes, recalled the governor of the region.
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SEVEN DEAD IN KHARKIV
Seven people, including three children, were killed this morning after Russian drone strikes on a gas station in Kharkiv, local authorities announced. “The death toll from the occupier’s attacks on Kharkiv has risen to seven,” declared the region’s governor, Oleg Sinegoubov, on his Telegram channel. “Among them are three children: a seven-year-old, a four-year-old and a baby of around six months.”
At 6 a.m. this morning, “the fight to extinguish the flames continued”, according to the police chief of this eastern locality, where “14 houses were destroyed”.
PRESSURE ON EUROPE
In an interview with the German press, the head of NATO calls on Europeans to increase their arms production. Less than a week before the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, Jens Stoltenberg insists: “We must rebuild and develop our industrial base more quickly, in order to increase deliveries to Ukraine and replenish our own stocks”. “This means moving from slow production in times of peace to rapid production in times of conflict,” explains the Secretary General in the interview published this morning.
If there is no “imminent military threat against a NATO ally”, Jens Stoltenberg notes that “the Kremlin regularly issues threats against NATO countries”. “NATO is not seeking war with Russia, but we must prepare for a confrontation that could last decades.”
FIRE IN KHARKIV
Here are images of the fire still ravaging homes in Kharkiv after a Russian strike hit a gas station.
RUSSIAN STRIKE ON KHARKIV
A Russian drone struck a gas station in Kharkiv, killing at least one person. The city’s mayor Igor Terekhov said that around fifty people, including two children, had to be evacuated following the attack.
The drones, Iranian-made Shaded, “hit a gas station and caused a spill of flaming fuel, which caused 14 private houses to burn,” the mayor said, adding that the fire covered a large area. perimeter. Emergency services “continue to fight the flames and look for possible victims,” he added. Four people were rescued, one of whom had burns over 40% of his body, said Kharkiv regional prosecutor Oleksandr Filachkov, who later announced that the body of at least one person had been found.
SITUATION ON THE BATTLEFIELD
After almost two years of fierce fighting, Ukraine faces many difficulties on the front. His army lacks ammunition, essential to resist the Russian assaults which are increasing, particularly at Avdiïvka, the epicenter of the battle.
kyiv’s army is thus focusing on attacking military and energy installations on Russian soil, a means of forcing Moscow’s army to withdraw men and equipment from the front to the rear lines. On Friday, Ukrainian special services claimed to AFP that they had “hit” two oil refineries in Russia in the Krasnodar region which “supply fuel to Russian troops” engaged in Ukraine. Local Russian emergency services have acknowledged the existence of a fire on the Ilsky site, without however making a link between this incident and the drone attacks reported by the Russian Defense Ministry.
And in the Sumy region, in northeastern Ukraine, three people were killed and four injured in a Russian strike, the Ukrainian Interior Minister announced Friday evening.
AN “IMPOSSIBLE” DEFEAT, SAYS MOSCOW
The changes at the head of the Ukrainian armed forces have not weakened the determination of Russia, whose army occupies around 20% of Ukrainian territory. “We do not believe that these are factors that can change the course of the special military operation,” said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov. During an interview with conservative American journalist Tucker Carlson, Russian President Vladimir Putin himself assured that a Russian defeat in Ukraine was “impossible”. “It will never happen,” he said, cheered up after a year 2023 marked by the failure of kyiv’s counter-offensive.
WASHINGTON POINTING THE FINGER
The change in army chief comes at a time when Volodymyr Zelensky is concerned about the erosion of Western support caused by internal dissensions in the United States. Campaigning for a second term, Joe Biden has been negotiating for months with the Republican opposition a text including military aid to kyiv of some 60 billion dollars. Visiting Washington, the German Chancellor therefore urged the American Congress to release aid to Ukraine “very quickly”.
A NEW LEADER FOR THE ARMY
The day after his appointment as head of the Ukrainian forces, Oleksandr Syrsky set out a “clear” plan to repel the Russians. “Only change and continuous improvement of the means and methods of warfare will allow us to succeed,” the new commander-in-chief said on Telegram.
He was appointed Thursday in place of the very popular General Valery Zalouzhny, the Ukrainian presidency believing that a change was necessary after two years of war, while the front seemed frozen.
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The new commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian forces, Oleksandr Syrsky, called on Friday, in his first public message, to “improvement” of the army so that Ukraine can win the war. “Only change and continuous improvement of the means and methods of warfare will allow us to succeed”he wrote on Telegram, before proclaiming “together towards victory!”.
“New tasks are on the agenda. First of all, it is a matter of clearly and detailed planning of the actions of all bodies (…) taking into account the needs of the front line in latest weapons materials provided by international partners”added this general.
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The army lacks ammunition, while Western military aid has been considerably reduced since the failure of the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the summer of 2023. “Quick and rational distribution and delivery of everything necessary for combat units has been and remains the main task of military logistics”added Oleksandr Syrsky.
The general also assured that limiting human losses was his priority, with soldiers saying that he did not care enough about the lives of his men. “The life and health of soldiers has always been and remains the main value of the Ukrainian army”he said, promising to better train the soldiers of the combat units.
Oleksandr Syrsky was named commander-in-chief on Thursday in place of the very popular General Valery Zaluzhny, the Ukrainian presidency saying a change was necessary after two years of war, while the front seems frozen and the Ukrainian army is under pressure , lacking men and ammunition.
General Zaluzhny was awarded the Order of “Heroes of Ukraine” on Friday by President Volodymyr Zelensky.