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Russo-Ukraine War: Russian troops bombed and set fire to an oil refinery in the Ukrainian city of Lisichansk. The region’s governor said it was not the first time an oil refinery had been targeted and accused the Russian military of trying to destroy local emergency services. He said there was no fuel in the refinery at the time of the attack.

Firing in eight cities

In the past 24 hours, Russian forces have fired in eight areas: Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv in the east, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Kirovohrad in central Ukraine, and Mykoliv and Kherson in the south, the Ukrainian presidential office said on Saturday. According to reports, nine civilians were killed and more than 50 were injured in Friday’s attack in Kharkiv. So both of them died in other nearby areas. In the south, there were horrific attacks on Mykoliv on Friday and Saturday. According to the presidential office, five people were killed and 15 were injured in the airstrike. The head of the regional legislature, Hannah Jamaziwa, said on Saturday that 39 people were injured in the attacks in the past 24 hours. Jamzhiva said Russian forces also targeted residential areas.

Over 1,000 civilians abducted

 

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said on television Saturday that 700 Ukrainian soldiers and more than 1,000 civilians are currently being held hostage by the Russian military. More than half of the citizens are women. Vereshchuk said that Kyiv wants to exchange captive troops, because Ukraine has the same number of Russian troops. He called for the release of civilians “without any conditions”.

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