Overnight Russia launched a fresh wave of strikes which saw cruise missiles hitting a school and a car dealership leaving one dead, along with other “public facilities.”
Air raid sirens could be heard ringing out across every region in Ukraine, as Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a dozen S-300 missiles.
In Zaporizhzhia a medical facility and residential buildings were blown to smithereens and explosions were heard in Odessa and Vinnytsia along Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.
Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhia OVA, wrote on Telegram, “A rocket strike from 12 S-300 rockets hit public facilities.
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“Two rockets hit a car dealership, as a result of which one person died, a fire broke out, and the emergency services managed to put it out.”
Anatoly Kurtev, a senior member of Zaporizhzhia City Council, blamed Moscow for the “terrorist” attack in the city.
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He wrote on Telegram, “As a result of the morning rocket attack, an educational institution, a medical institution and residential buildings were also damaged. Unfortunately, there are victims. Russia is a terrorist country.”
Ukrainian emergency services have put all of Ukraine on alert for more missile strikes, Officials warned, “During the day there’s a high probability of missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine.
“Please remain in shelters for your own safety, do not ignore air raid signals.”
White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told CNN, “It likely was something that they had been planning for quite some time.
“That’s not to say that the explosion on the Crimea bridge might have accelerated some of their planning.”
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A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that Russia could have violated international law.
Ravina Shamdasani told a news conference,”We are gravely concerned that some of the attacks appear to have targeted critical civilian infrastructure… indicating that these strikes may have violated the principles on the conduct of hostilities under international humanitarian law.”
She added, “We urge the Russian Federation to refrain from further escalation, and to take all feasible measures to prevent civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.”