Ukraine strikes back by seizing back five key villages

Ukraine brushes off Putin’s latest strikes by seizing back five key villages in territory just annexed by Russia

  • Kyiv has vowed to retake the entire region of Kherson by the end of the year 
  • It was one of four regions claimed by Russia last month after sham votes
  • Russia has continued to attack civilians and killed at least nine in a small market

Ukraine yesterday brushed off Putin’s latest strikes on its cities by seizing back five key villages in territory Russia has just annexed.  

Kyiv has vowed to retake the entire region of Kherson by the end of the year after launching its counter-offensive in August.

It was one of four regions claimed by Russia last month after sham votes. The Ukrainian presidency said troops have ‘liberated five more settlements in the Beryslav district [in the Kherson region]’.

Russia continued to attack civilian targets. A missile hit a market in the eastern city of Avdiivka, killing at least nine. Other strikes targeted energy production near Dnipro.

Kyiv has vowed to retake the entire region of Kherson by the end of the year after launching its counter-offensive in August. (File image of the war in Ukraine)

The shelling killed at least nine people and wounded another nine, tearing through market stalls and leaving the dead bodies scattered on the ground.

‘There was no military logic in this attack – only an unbridled desire to kill as many of our people as possible and frighten others,’ Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Ukraine’s emergency service released video footage last night showing rescue workers pulling a family out from the rubble of destroyed buildings in Zaporizhzhia.

Ukraine’s emergency service released video footage last night showing rescue workers pulling a family out from the rubble of destroyed buildings in Zaporizhzhia (Pictured: a Ukraine tank)

Officials gave no date for when the video was filmed, but the southeast city has been regularly bombarded from Russian-held territory from south of the Dnipro river over the past two weeks.

There was one strike on an apartment block overnight but there were no reports of casualties, regional governor Oleksandr Starukh said.

Local officials in the central Dnipropetrovsk region said Russian invaders attacked energy facilities in Kamian yesterday morning.

‘In the morning, the Russians hit the energy infrastructure in the Kamian district. There is a strong fire and destruction,’ said governor Valentin Reznichenko.

Doctors said three people were seriously injured in hospital in nearby Nikopol, including a six-year-old girl.

More than 30 high-rise and private buildings, two kindergartens, a school, two businesses, and shops were damaged in the city (Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier stands as a 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer fires a shell on the front line in Donetsk region)

More than 30 high-rise and private buildings, two kindergartens, a school, two businesses, and shops were damaged in the city.

It came as US president Joe Biden used an interview with the broadcaster CNN to downplay concerns that Putin might turn to nuclear weapons as his ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine falters.

Mr Biden said the Kremlin despot was a ‘rational actor who has miscalculated significantly’ when he decided to invade his neighbour.

Asked how realistic he believed it would be for Mr Putin to use a tactical nuclear weapon, Mr Biden responded: ‘Well, I don’t think he will.’

“I think it’s irresponsible for him to talk about it, the idea that a world leader of one of the largest nuclear powers in the world says he may use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

‘Once you use a nuclear weapon, the mistakes that can be made, the miscalculations, who knows what would happen.’

The US leader also refused to rule out meeting the Russian strongman at a forthcoming summit in Bali, Indonesia next month but cautioned: ‘He’s acted brutally. I think he’s committed war crimes. And so I don’t see any rationale to meet with him now.’

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