Russian forces carried out artillery fire in eastern Ukraine
yesterday, launching almost 400 strikes, President
Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Speaking in his nightly address, the Ukrainian president said
the “fiercest battles” were in the eastern Donetsk area, stating “the
number of Russian shelling occasions [remained], unfortunately, extremely
“[In the] Luhansk region – little by little we are moving
forward with battles,” Zelensky said.
“As of now, there have been almost 400 shelling occasions
in the east since the beginning of the day. Thank you to each and everyone who
holds positions and helps our defence forces.”
It comes after Russia withdrew its forces from the southern city of Kherson this month and moved some of them to reinforce positions in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Russian forces also stepped up their shelling of the recently liberated Kherson region yesterday.
Senior Ukrainian official Kyrylo Tymoshenko said the emergency services were searching for possible victims in the rubble of a residential building.
The city of Kherson remains largely without power or mains water following the withdrawal of Russian troops ten days ago.