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Casualties continue to be reported in eastern City of Ukrain

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Eighteen people have been killed and 100 wounded in shelling in the northeastern city of Kharkiv over the past four days, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday night, as fighting in eastern Ukraine resumed in recent days. He added that the shelling had continued: “It was a deliberate act of terror: mortars, artillery against ordinary residential areas, against ordinary civilians.”

Earlier, Kharkiv governor Oleh Synehubov said five people were killed and 20 wounded after a missile strike and shelling in the center of the suburb of Sartivka. But he added that Ukrainian forces had been able to push back Russian forces and retake two villages and part of a third.

On the same day, Russia’s Defense Ministry said its air defense system shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in the Kharkiv region. “Russian anti-aircraft assets shot down two Ukrainian mig-29 planes near Fedorovka and Zavodi in the Kharkiv region,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Konashenkov added that a Ukrainian drone had been shot down near the town of Preobrazhenskoye. Russia also said its forces destroyed two Ukrainian command posts and radar systems for S-300 surface-to-air missiles in the city of Avdivka, north of Donetsk.

According to Russian statistics, its forces have destroyed 136 aircraft of Ukrainian forces, 471 drones, 248 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,308 tanks and armored vehicles, 2,171 military vehicles, 254 rocket launchers and 998 field guns and mortars.

In addition, The Ukrainian military headquarters said on The 17th that thousands of Ukrainian fighters are still being held in a steel plant in Mariupol, and Russian forces “continue to carry out missile and bomb attacks on the city”. Ukraine said Russia had used Tu-22M3 bombers in Mariupol and “attempted to carry out offensive operations near the seaport and Azovstal factory where the last defenders are located”.

Russia had issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces to surrender or face “annihilation”. Although the ultimatum expired on the morning of the 17th, there was no word from the city that Ukrainian troops had surrendered.

As the fighting continues, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also criticized the delay in international arms deliveries.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal also said Monday that the city’s defenders were resisting despite An ultimatum from Russia to Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol to surrender or be destroyed. “The city has still not fallen,” he told ABC. “There are still our military forces on the ground, our soldiers, and they will fight to the end.”
Russian officials say about 2,500 Ukrainian fighters, including 400 “foreign mercenaries,” are still holed up in a steel plant, and Kiev has banned its forces from surrendering.

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