Kiev, Ukraine — Russian airstrikes on Sunday killed two people and injured three others in southern Ukraine’s Kherson province, the region’s governor said on Sunday as Ukraine’s war entered a 20th month.
According to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin, Russian forces attacked the city of Beryslav, destroying an unspecified number of private houses. A woman was killed and three people were injured, including a police officer, he said.
Another airstrike also killed a 67-year-old man in the village of Lvove, Prokudin said, without specifying the type of weapons used in the attack.
The affected communities are in the Ukrainian-controlled part of the Kherson region, where the Dnieper River, which bisects the province, has marked a battle line since Russian troops withdrew across it in November 2022, a retreat that damaged the morale of gave the invaded country a boost.
The Russians regrouped on the east bank of the river and regularly shelled towns and villages across the river, including the city of Kherson, the regional capital that was occupied early in the war but recaptured by Ukrainian forces more than ten months ago. troops.
In Russia, a Ukrainian drone hit an administrative building in the city of Kursk, causing “insignificant damage” to the roof, regional governor Roman Starovoit said. He made no mention of any casualties and did not say what the building was.
According to unconfirmed media reports both in Russia and Ukraine, the attacks involved the offices of the Kursk branch of Russia’s main security service, the Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB.
The Kursk region in Russia borders Ukraine and is also often the target of attacks. The drone attack took place on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the regional capital.
There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian authorities, who generally do not acknowledge responsibility for attacks on Russian territory.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled home from North America, where he addressed the UN General Assembly and made his first wartime visit to Canada. In a statement on social media, Zelenskyy said on Saturday that he stopped in Poland on his way back to Ukraine to present state awards to two Polish volunteers.
Zelenskyy apparently did not meet any Polish officials, but in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, he thanked Poland for “its invaluable support and solidarity that helps defend the freedom of our entire Europe.”
Poland has hosted large numbers of Ukrainian refugees and has been a staunch supporter of neighboring Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into the country on February 24, 2022. However, a trade dispute has recently tested the relationship between Kiev and Warsaw.
The Ukrainian government this month filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over bans on imports of Ukrainian agricultural products, which are important to the country’s war-weary economy.
The three European Union member states were angry about this move. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki responded by saying his country “will no longer transfer weapons to Ukraine, because we are now arming ourselves with the most modern weapons.”
His comments left many wondering whether Western resolve to support Ukraine in its war with Russia is waning.
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