Russian Strikes Cause Blackouts and Damage in Ukraine; Civilians Evacuated Amid Intensified Bombardment

Ukraine is experiencing significant disruptions due to a series of Russian missile strikes, particularly in the city of Zaparozhye, where infrastructure has been damaged, and civilians wounded. The region along the northeastern border of Ukraine with Russia has witnessed intense bombardment, prompting mass evacuations of villages. While Ukraine’s largest dam was hit, authorities report no risk of a breach. Amidst the ongoing conflict, Ukrainians are not only fleeing the fighting but also the prospect of living under Russian occupation.

  • Zaparozhye in southeastern Ukraine was targeted by Russian missile strikes, damaging buildings and resulting in civilian casualties.
  • Ukraine’s State Hydro power company reported that the country’s largest dam was struck, but confirmed there was no risk of a breach.
  • Intense bombardments along the northeastern border have led to evacuations, with police helping to move hundreds of elderly and frail people to safety.
  • Villages close to the border are being evacuated, with residents fleeing both the fighting and Russian occupation.
  • Those escaping occupied territories undergo security screenings by Ukrainian authorities before reaching safety.
  • Evacuees express a mixture of relief at being safe and sorrow for the ongoing conflict and its impact on their homeland.

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