Russian targets Ukraine residential block hours after Taganrog explosion

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An explosion rocked Russia’s southern port metropolis of Taganrog on Friday, injuring a number of folks and inflicting injury on a scale Russians are unaccustomed to enduring at dwelling 18 months into its full-blown invasion of Ukraine.

Hours later, Russian missiles struck a high-rise residential constructing and the regional workplace of Ukraine’s home safety service, the SBU, within the metropolis of Dnipro. Authorities mentioned 9 folks, together with two kids aged 14 and 17, have been wounded within the assault.

Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov mentioned it was the third time the SBU constructing had been focused by Russian missiles.

Movies from the scenes confirmed massive sections of the buildings collapsed and rescuers looking for folks within the rubble.

“Russian missile terror once more,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram, including that he had known as a gathering of his prime navy and safety officers.

Kyiv has not commented on the Taganrog strike and its coverage is to neither affirm nor deny assaults inside Russia. The Russian defence ministry claimed the explosion was the results of its air defences intercepting a Ukrainian missile, with particles from the downed rocket destroying a café and museum courtyard within the metropolis centre.

A second missile was shot down over the Rostov area by air defences quickly after, Russian authorities mentioned, with particles touchdown outdoors town of Azov throughout the bay from Taganrog.

The Taganrog strike follows every week of Russian missile and drone assaults on Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, together with Odesa, following Moscow’s withdrawal from the UN-brokered grain export deal.

Ukraine has hit targets inside Russia earlier than, primarily with drones. Instances of sabotage of navy provide websites resembling oil terminals by partisan teams have additionally been attributed to Ukraine, whereas artillery fireplace has landed in Russian settlements near the Ukrainian border.

Taganrog is situated deeper within the southern Rostov area, about 50km from the border with Russian-occupied areas of southern Ukraine, and practically 150km away from the frontline. A navy air base utilized by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine is situated on the outskirts of town.

1000’s of Ukrainians from the nation’s south-east have been despatched to camps in Taganrog in spring of 2022, as Russian forces laid siege to town of Mariupol.

Movies shared on social media confirmed a ruined constructing and rubble scattered within the yard of Taganrog’s artwork museum, in addition to a broken café named after the playwright Anton Chekhov, who was born within the metropolis.

On Saturday Ukraine’s navy intelligence company, or GUR, reported {that a} contemporary explosion had occurred “because of sabotage” at a Russian ammunition depot close to Cossack Bay in Russian-occupied Crimea, the place the 810th separate marine infantry brigade is situated. 

The company, which didn’t take credit score for the blast however has been identified to hold out clandestine operations behind enemy traces, wrote on Telegram that “witnesses heard two explosions and the sounds of additional detonation of ammunition”. The put up was accompanied by a video exhibiting the explosions. The FT couldn’t confirm the claims.

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