In the Donetsk region, in southern Ukraine, the intense bombings of the last 24 hours have claimed several victims, including children. In the early hours of this morning, Russian forces again struck Odessa. An attack took place on Tuesday and in Nikolaev. Meanwhile, the first British Stormer HVM anti-aircraft missile systems and The Gepard air defense systems supplied by the Germans arrived in Ukraine.
Donetsk region, heavily bombed in the last 24 hours
Many localities near the first front in Donetsk have been attacked in the past 24 hours as Russian forces try to destroy Ukrainian defenses, according to the head of the region’s military administration, Pavlo Kirilenko, as quoted by CNN.
“There is no settlement in the Donetsk region that has not been bombed. The entire territory is under fire. The enemy is destroying civilian infrastructure,” Kirilenko said on Ukrainian television.
He added that “the front is approaching the city of Bakhmut, where systematic artillery fires and air strikes took place” on Monday.
3 killed and 8 wounded in the Donetsk region following the bombing
Russian forces have killed 3 people and wounded 8 others in the Donetsk region, where the most intense fighting is being waged, in the last 24 hours, kyiv independent quoted the region’s governor as saying on Tuesday.
According to Pavlo Kirilenko, the three civilians were killed in Krasnohorivka, Soledar and Marinka.
General Staff: Russia lost about 39,870 troops in Ukraine
39,870 Russian troops have died in fighting in Ukraine since the start of the february 24 war, the General Staff of ukraine’s Armed Forces announced on Tuesday.
In addition to this, Russia also lost 1,737 tanks, 3,959 armored fighting vehicles, 2,835 vehicles and fuel tanks, 880 artillery systems, 258 multiple rocket launch systems, 117 air defense systems, 189 helicopters, 222 planes, 722 drones and 15 boats.
358 children have died in Ukraine since the start of the war
The war triggered by Russia has so far killed 358 children and another 690 have been injured, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced on Tuesday, according to the Kyiv Independent.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the figures can be much higher, since they do not include victims in the territories occupied by Russia and areas where hostilities take place.
The first Stormer anti-aircraft missile systems in the UK arrived in Ukraine
Britain’s first six Stormer HVM anti-aircraft missile systems and German-supplied Gepard air defense systems have arrived in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials have announced, quoted by The Guardian.
Senior presidential adviser Anton Herashchenko tweeted a short video of the missile systems.
“I’m sure our warriors will use them very well!” he wrote.
When could the first Ukrainian grain ships leave the Black Sea ports
The first ships to export Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports could begin their journeys in a few days under a deal agreed on Friday by Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN, a United Nations spokesman was quoted as saying by Reuters on Monday.
A joint coordination centre will liaise with the shipping industry and publish detailed procedures for ships in the near future, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Authorities in the city of Kharkov will build bunkers near bus stops
Kharkov Mayor Ihor Terejov said monday that the municipality has already identified 25 locations where the city will build bunkers to protect civilians from Russian bombing, starting in August, Ukrainska Pravda reported.
“These will be reinforced concrete structures located next to the stopping stations. In the event of a threat of artillery attacks, it will be possible to hide there and wait for the sirens of air raid. There are such shelters in Israel, for example. And they prove to be effective in protecting against projectiles and their shrapnel,” Ihor Terejov said.
Russian troops regularly target public transport stations in this eastern city, killing civilians daily, the Kyiv Independent notes.
Mayor: 60,000 people remained in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol
Up to 60,000 people remained in Russian-occupied Melitopol, or a third of the population before the invasion, the city’s mayor Ivan Fedorov announced on Monday, according to The Kyiv Independent.
Civilians left in the city often choose to stay because they have no relatives in other regions of Ukraine or abroad to stay with, Ivan Fedorov said.
Also, some of those who had to stay have elderly or bedridden relatives who need help, the mayor said.