Ukrainian strikes have destroyed Russian barracks in a brutal attack in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol, in the Zaporizhia Oblast. A total of 10 explosions have torn down the military infrastructure, killing several Russian soldiers, according to Ukrainian officials. Footage captured at the scene shows the barracks engulfed in a fierce blaze.
Another video of the strike shows several bodies amid the ruins while rescue workers are trying to intervene.
The attack, carried out with Himars rockets, obliterated a former resort and hotel complex next to a church in the city known as the Hunter’s Halt, which had been turned into barracks for Russian soldiers.
Pro-Russian authorities said a missile attack had killed two people and injured 10, while Ivan Fedorov, the exiled mayor, said several “invaders” had been killed.
“Air defence systems destroyed two missiles, four reached their targets,” Yevgeny Balitsky, the Moscow-appointed governor of the occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia region, said on Telegram.
He added that a “recreation centre” where people were dining had been destroyed in the Ukrainian attack with Himars missiles.
Other explosions were reported in other Russian-occupied regions like Crimea in cities including Sevastopol and Simferopol.
Vladimir Putin issued veiled threats, warning any attacks on Russian-controlled territories would be met with a military response with all of Russia’s means.
Despite the threat, Ukrainian troops have resolved to retake all the lost territories, including Crimea which was lost to Russia in 2014.
The latest Ukrainian attacks come as 1.5 million people were cut off from electricity on Saturday after Russia used Iranian-made drones to target all non-critical infrastructure in the Ukrainian port of Odesa. In response, the Ukrainian army said it shot down 10 drones.
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