Russian attacks escalate in Kharkiv and Dnipro; newborn among injured

July 4,2024 205
Russian attacks escalate in Kharkiv and Dnipro; newborn among injured

The Russians have once again attacked Dnipro, one of Ukraine’s largest cities. Missiles and drones from the occupiers killed 6 people, while 53 civilians, including children, were injured, with four of them in critical condition. The invaders damaged a shopping center, cars, and a gas station, reported Mykola Lukashuk, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council.

Only two things can stop this Russian terror – modern air defense systems and the long-range capabilities of our weapons. The world can protect lives, and it requires the determination of leaders. Determination that can and must make protection from terror the norm again,” wrote President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On July 4, Dnipro declared a day of mourning. Recently, Russians have increasingly targeted the city. On June 28, occupiers aimed at a high-rise building in Dnipro, killing 3 people and injuring 12 more. Four floors of the building were destroyed.

The Russians attacked Dnipro again during the night of July 1, injuring 7 people, including a 15-year-old boy. Explosions damaged a supermarket, adjacent shops, and 25 high-rise buildings.

The invaders are also ruthlessly destroying Kharkiv. Russians shell the city with various weapons, including guided aviation bombs. On July 3, the attack injured 14 people, including a newborn boy born just two weeks ago, according to Oleh Synehubov, the head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration.

The strike partially destroyed two private houses, damaged 10 private houses, 12 apartment buildings, a cafe building, a post office, a two-story sports club, and two university buildings.

Attacks on the city continue unabated. Russians systematically attack Kharkiv. Ukraine’s Air Force spokesperson Illia Yevlash stated that the missiles Russia employs to attack the city, specifically the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, are challenging to intercept due to their proximity to the Russian border and the complexity of these air targets.

“Therefore, the best solution would be – though unfortunately it’s impossible – to move Kharkiv territorially away from the border. The only effective method here is to destroy the launchers themselves and deter them from the front: move them back, increase the distance,” says Yevlash.

Earlier, Marta Farion, UWC Vice President for North America and Vice President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), stated that the Pentagon’s restrictions on strikes on Russian territory, set for Ukraine since the beginning of the supply of American weapons, are completely unjustified and have knowingly disadvantaged the Ukrainian side.

Cover: Reuters

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