One person was injured after the Russian forces fired shells into Ukraine’s Luhansk and Dnipro regions, causing a blaze, officials said.
Meanwhile, the Russian attack helicopters have destroyed a convoy of Ukraine’s armoured vehicles and anti-aircraft warfare, the news agency Interfax reported.
“Attack helicopters KA-52 … destroyed weapons and military equipment of the armed forces of Ukraine,” the agency cited the ministry as saying in a statement. Ukrainian military officials were not immediately available for comment. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a new Army General Alexander Dvornikov, commander of Russia’s Southern Military District, to lead the war in Ukraine as Moscow’s military failed to capture Kyiv, ANI reported. Shelling by Russian forces of Ukraine’s key port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov has collapsed several humanitarian corridors, making it more difficult for people to leave. It was not clear how many people remained trapped in the city, which had a prewar population of 430,000.
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After a missile strike killed at least 52 people and wounded more than 100 at a train station, civilian evacuations moved forward in patches of battle-scarred eastern Ukraine.
A school and a high-rise apartment building were shelled in the city of Sievierodonetsk in the besieged region of Luhansk, the region’s governor said. “Fortunately, no casualties,” Serhiy Gaidai wrote on Telegram.