Ukraine Hits Hotel Host Russian Military

KHERSON, Ukraine – A hotel complex that was hosting dozens of Russian military personnel overnight with US-supplied long-range artillery has been demolished by the Kyiv military, while demolishing more Russian drone strikes Continued to destroy the power grid in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said 1.5 million people in Ukraine’s southern Odessa region were without power after the strikes late Saturday. Only critical infrastructure has been connected to the electricity grid, he said, adding that restoring service may take longer than after previous attacks.

Sirens continued to sound in Ukraine on Sunday as Russia launched more strikes.

Footage of the Ukrainian artillery strike on a hotel in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol showed burning buildings as well as dead and wounded Russian soldiers among the wreckage of the plane. Russian and Ukrainian channels on social media said that there were dozens of dead, but gave varying numbers of dead.

Workers repair high-voltage power lines that were severed by missile strikes near Odessa, southern Ukraine.


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Ukrainian soldiers with self-propelled howitzers near the front line in eastern Ukraine.


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Exiled Ukrainian mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov wrote on his Telegram channel that up to 200 Russian soldiers were “roasted” in the strike. The Russian-installed governor of the region said dozens were wounded and two killed.

Ukraine used supplied from the United States Long Range Artillery, or Himars, to try to break up concentrations of Russian forces behind the front lines so that Moscow could not maneuver its forces to launch an offensive. The strike on the hotel complex in Melitopol, located in southeastern Ukraine about 50 miles from the Sea of ​​Azov, appears to have been in the range of Himars ammunition range provided by the United States

But Ukraine has so far been able to mount only a limited defense against Moscow’s campaign of missile and drone attacks.

In his nightly address, Mr. Zelensky said the missile strikes that struck the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa late Saturday were serious.

“This is the true attitude of Russia towards Odessa, towards the people of Odessa – deliberate bullying, a deliberate attempt to bring disaster to the city,” he said.

A destroyed house in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.


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Odessa regional officials did not say what exactly was hit, but wrote on Facebook that it could take two or three months to repair the damage. Nearly the entire region was without power late Saturday, and utility workers were prioritizing getting hospitals and other critical infrastructure back on the grid, said DTEK, one of the country’s largest energy companies.

“The situation in the energy sector in the Odessa region remains difficult,” DTEK wrote on Facebook. “According to preliminary forecasts, it will take much more time to repair energy facilities in the Odessa region than in previous times after enemy bombing.”

Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly accused Russia of using the onset of winter as a weapon to influence the civilian population and force Kiev to withdraw from its positions. Russian president Russian President Vladimir Putin He acknowledged this last week and pledged to continue. “There is a lot of noise around our strikes on the energy infrastructure of a neighboring country,” Putin said. “Yes, we do.”

Officials encouraged Odessa residents to go to government centers that have generators for heating and charging devices. In addition, Germany said it would donate 470 generators, at a cost of about $20 million.

The attack on Odessa at the end of the week indicates that Moscow It has replenished its supply of drones After several weeks, they disappeared from the skies over Ukraine.

People embrace after arriving at the railway station in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine.


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Meanwhile, Russia continued to step up its bombing of Kherson thereafter Withdraw from the capital of the southern region Last month. The district governor, Jaroslav Janushevich, said the bombing hit vital infrastructure in the city on Saturday night. The previous day, artillery shelling killed two people and wounded eight others.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces fired on Russian positions across the Dnipro River from within the city. The sound of rockets was heard in neighborhoods close to the river.

Heavy fighting also continued in the area around Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces Trying to take back the citywhich they occupied in the early days of the invasion and in the summer before the Ukrainian counteroffensive pushed them further into eastern Ukraine.

Many of the Russian soldiers who had retreated from Kherson in the fall were redeployed to the east to reinforce the Russian push towards Bakhmut, where the trenches and other fortifications are similar to those seen in World War I.

Residential buildings without electricity during a power outage in Odessa, southern Ukraine.


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