Kiev: Russian attacks in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kupiansk killed six people on Tuesday, regional officials said, increasing pressure on a region where Moscow’s forces have been offensive
The updated toll from Kupiansk brought the total death toll in Ukraine that day to nine.
The attack in the northeastern Kharkiv region, near the border with Russia, came after a swarm of attack drones destroyed warehouses and left one dead overnight in the western city of Lviv.
“The death toll has risen to six people. Four men and two women were killed in Kupiansk as a result of an enemy attack from an aerial guided bomb,” regional governor Oleg Synegubov said on social media.
Russian attacks killed 26, including five children
“Emergency services continue to work at the site of the explosion,” he added in a statement.
Russian forces captured areas of the Kharkiv region early in the invasion launched in February 2022, but Ukrainian troops have since retreated.
In the southern city of Kherson, a policeman was killed when a trolleybus was hit and two passengers were injured, said Roman Mrochko, head of the administration of the large southern city recaptured from the Russians last November.
One of the injured, a 57-year-old man, later died of his injuries.
The governor of the Lviv region in the west, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the front lines and close to Poland, had earlier announced that one person was killed during a Russian drone attack overnight.
An AFP The journalist in the area had heard drones followed by explosions.
Seven of the drones were shot down, but warehouses in Lviv were hit and a fire broke out, Governor Maksym Kozytsky told Telegram.
The body of a 32-year-old man was found in the remains of a burned-out building while a 26-year-old man was being treated in hospital. A 68-year-old man received medical attention at the scene, the governor added.
A warehouse of the non-governmental organization Caritas-Spes, which had 300 tonnes of emergency supplies, was “totally burnt”, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
OCHA Ukraine Coordinator Denise Brown condemned the Russian attack.
“Attacks against humanitarian resources have intensified during the year with consequences for those suffering the horrific consequences of war,” he said.
The Ukrainian military said 27 Iranian-made Shahed drones had been shot down out of 30 launched by Russia overnight.