Russia pounds upon multiple Ukrainian regions, killing 2 and injuring 22

The Russian military employed a variety of munitions in the onslaught, including 18 Iranian-made Shahed drones launched from occupied Crimea and Russia’s Krasnodar region, as well as two Iskander-M ballistic missiles fired from near the city of Taganrog.

Russian forces carried out a widespread bombardment of Ukrainian territory over the past day, killing two civilians and injuring 22 others across 10 regions, according to reports from local authorities. The relentless attacks demonstrate Russia’s continued efforts to inflict damage through indiscriminate strikes, even as its broader offensive in Ukraine has stalled.

The Russian military employed a variety of munitions in the onslaught, including 18 Iranian-made Shahed drones launched from occupied Crimea and Russia’s Krasnodar region, as well as two Iskander-M ballistic missiles fired from near the city of Taganrog. Ukrainian air defences intercepted 17 drones, but not before they wreaked havoc.

In Donetsk Oblast, one of the regions experiencing the heaviest fighting, Russian airstrikes pounded the village of Pivnichne near the hotly contested city of Bakhmut, killing one civilian and injuring two more, governor Vadym Filashkin reported. Nearby Berestok also came under fire, with one person killed and three injured. The front-line town of Selydove was hit as well, wounding seven and damaging over a dozen residential high-rises.

Further west in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a Russian kamikaze drone struck a bus in the city of Nikopol, injuring four civilians. The Russian bombardment impacted infrastructure across multiple regions.

In Kherson Oblast, 20 settlements including the regional capital were pounded, damaging homes, medical facilities, and a shopping centre, with three civilians wounded according to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin. Kharkiv Oblast saw strikes on Kupiansk, Buhaiivka and Izium, injuring four people.

The attacks underscore the tragic toll on civilians as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine nears the 16-month mark. As the conflict grinds on, concerns are mounting about potential escalations from both sides as Ukraine presses a long-expected counteroffensive to retake its territory.