Russia pummels residents in Kherson and Sumy oblasts, bringing death and destruction

14 March, 11:54 AM
Consequences of the Russian shelling of Kherson on March 11 (Photo:Kherson Oblast Military Administration/Telegram)

Consequences of the Russian shelling of Kherson on March 11 (Photo:Kherson Oblast Military Administration/Telegram)

Russia’s invading army attacked nearly a dozen cities in Kherson and Sumy oblasts with hundreds of shells in the last day.

The Russian invaders killed one civilian and injured six more after attacking centers in the Kherson Oblast with 93 Grad anti-aircraft guns and 412 artillery shells over the last 24 hours, Kherson Oblast Military Administration (OVA) head Oleksandr Prokudin wrote on Telegram on March 14.

He said the enemy shelled the city of Kherson four times. Thirteen shells hit residential quarters, houses, and apartment buildings in the city.

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Eighty-eight people were evacuated from the liberated territory of the oblast in the last day, he added.

Meanwhile, the Russian military attacked six communities in Sumy Oblast over the past day with mortars, grenade launchers, artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems, and drones, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported on Telegram on March14.

In total, nearly 100 hits were recorded in the past day in the oblast’s communities of Znob-Novhorodska, Esmanska, Seredino-Budska, Shalyhinska, Bilopolska and Krasnopilska.

In the Znob-Novgorodska community, a missile destroyed a local agricultural school, leaving dead and injured. In other communities, houses and farm buildings were damaged by the enemy attacks.

As well as Kherson and Sumy oblasts, Russian invasion troops regularly shell civilian residential areas in other Ukrainian oblasts close to Russian territory or Russian-occupied territory, including Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Mykolaiv.

Russia claims to have annexed Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts, but does not have complete control of any of them. The Kremlin also falsely declared it had annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 – but this claim has only been recognized by a handful of the world’s rogue and pariah states.

Even Iran, who has provided Russia with the Shahed flying bomb drones that Russia regularly uses to target Ukrainian civilians, has clarified recently that it does not recognize Moscow’s illegal claims to Ukrainian territory – including Crimea.

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