Russian shelling in the Kherson region has injured dozens and killed 16, according to a Ukrainian governor.
Kherson Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said in a Dec. 25 Telegram post that Russian forces fired a barrage of 71 explosive shells on the region on Christmas Eve.
The governor said civilians were killed, as well as deminers working to remove explosives in the Berislav district of the Kherson region.
Yanushevich added: “The enemy has attacked the regional center 41 times. The invaders covered the center of Kherson with massive fire: civilians were killed, civilian buildings destroyed.
“Industrial plants, medical facilities, private and residential buildings also came under enemy fire.”
“Yesterday the Russian army killed 16 people in the Kherson region, including three employees of the state rescue service who died demining areas in the Berislav district. Another 64 people were injured to varying degrees.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also condemned the Kherson attack in a December 24 Twitter post that included photos of dead bodies and burning vehicles.
He said: “This is not sensitive content. It’s the real life of [Ukraine]. Kherson. On the eve of Christmas, in the central part of the city. It’s terror, it’s killing for the sake of intimidation and pleasure.
“The world needs to see what an absolute evil we are fighting. #Russia is a terrorist state.”
Other images shared on social media reportedly showed Russian explosives falling over the Kherson region.
Ukraine managed to retake Kherson and much of the region in November after Russian forces occupied the area following their February 24 invasion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to have annexed the Ukrainian city along with other regions in eastern Ukraine, a move deemed illegitimate by the US and its allies.
Ukraine and Russia have continued their bitter fighting in the country’s eastern region, while both Kyiv and Moscow struggle for a strategic advantage before severe winter conditions hit.
According to NewsUA, Ukrainian forces managed to repel Russian attacks in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, including the heavily contested city of Bakhmut.
news week asked Kremlin and Kiev officials for comment.
Zelenskyy addressed Ukrainians in a message shared on Christmas Eve, and while it contained celebratory details, there were more elements highlighting the tragic aftermath of the conflict.
“Unfortunately, all the holidays have a bitter aftertaste for us this year. And we can feel the traditional spirit of Christmas differently. Dinner at the family table can not be so tasty and warm. There can be empty chairs around it, ”said Zelenskyj.
“Our houses and streets cannot be so bright. And Christmas bells can not ring so loud and inspirational. By air raid sirens or worse – gunshots and explosions. And all of this together can pose a greater threat. It’s a disappointment. Of the higher powers and their might, of goodness and justice in the world. loss of hope. loss of love. loss of myself…”
Zelenskyy recently returned from a visit to the United States, where he met with President Joe Biden and asked Congress to continue providing military aid to Ukraine.
The US approved $1.85 billion in additional aid to Ukraine and now includes the Patriot air defense system.
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