Three killed as Russians launch Grads at residential building in Kamianske, Zaporizhzhya Oblast

19 March, 08:20 PM
Russian shelling killed three people in Kamianske, Zaporizhzhya Oblast (ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTO) (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Russia)

Russian shelling killed three people in Kamianske, Zaporizhzhya Oblast (ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTO) (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Russia)

Russian invasion forces hit a residential building in Kamianske in Vasylivskyi Districtof Zaporizhzhya Oblast in the south of Ukraine with Grad anti-personnel rockets, killing three civilians, Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration reported on March 19.

Two more people were wounded in the Russian attack, and are being treated.

The oblast administration once again called on the residents of the frontline areas to evacuate for their own safety.

"The enemy is not successful on the battlefield with the Armed Forces, so it is deliberately killing Ukrainian civilians," the administration said.

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Russian invasion troops regularly shell civilian residential areas in Ukrainian oblasts close to Russian territory or Russian-occupied territory, including Chernihiv, Sumy Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Kherson and Mykolaiv. The International Criminal Court recently announced that it was opening two war crimes cases against Russia, one of which concerns illegal attacks on civilian infrastructure.

Russia claims to have annexed Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts, but it does not have complete control over any of them. It lost control of the city of Kherson – the only major Ukrainian regional center it managed to capture in its full-scale invasion – in early November last year, and has so far been forced to retreat from small parts of Zhytomyr Oblast, and parts of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy Kharkiv, Luhansk and Kherson oblasts.

About 18% of Ukraine’s internationally recognized territory remains under Russian occupation – including Ukraine’s Crimea and the parts of the Donbas that were invaded by Russia in 2014.

The Kremlin 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.

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