Russian Attack in Kremenchuk: Rescuers Remove Debris and Rebuild After Devastation

2023-09-22 22:47:00
Rescuers remove debris after a Russian attack in Kremenchuk, Poltava region, central Ukraine (Europa Press)

At least one person was killed and 15 injured, including a child, on Friday in a Russian bombing of the city of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine, the regional governor announced on Telegram.

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“Fifteen are known to have been wounded, one of them is a child,” said Dmytro Lunin, governor of the Poltava region. “One person died,” he added.

In addition, the mayor of Kremenchuk, Vitali Maletski, asked citizens to refrain from publishing photos, videos, or any data about what happened, at the same time that he asked them to “not go near the scene” because “They are interfering with emergency services.”

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Lunin explained that Russia attacked the city’s civilian infrastructure. “The enemy fired rockets at Kremenchuk. One rocket was shot down by air defense forces. Unfortunately, civil infrastructures were hit,” he said.

This week, Russian forces reached an oil refinery in Kremenchuk, a town that was already the scene at the end of June 2023 of one of the deadliest episodes since the invasion of Ukraine began, after a Russian attack ended the lives of 21 people and left several dozen injured.

Rescuers work at a vegetable oil factory destroyed by the Russian missile attack in the Poltava region (REUTERS)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said Friday that Russia has resumed its airstrike campaign against Ukrainian energy infrastructure but that Kiev’s air defense is now better prepared than it was last year.

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Last winter, Russian forces carried out several attacks against the Ukrainian energy grid, leaving millions of people without electricity, heat or water for long periods.

On the other hand, at least 13 people have been injured after a Russian attack during the early hours of Friday against the Ukrainian city of Kurajovo, in the Donbas region.

The attack hit residential buildings, where authorities rescued one person from the rubble, the city’s mayor, Roman Padun, told Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne.

As a result of the bombing, a fire broke out in the building. So far no deaths have been reported.

Police officers next to the body of a colleague killed during a Russian military attack in Kherson (REUTERS/Ivan Antypenko)

And on Thursday several towns in the Kherson region suffered intense Russian bombing and the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office reported the deaths of six civilians, as well as nine others wounded.

From the early hours of this Thursday morning, the region was attacked by Russian forces, especially several towns located in the city of Berislav, destroying civil infrastructure and agricultural facilities.

Shortly before the Prosecutor’s Office report, the governor of Kherson, Oleksandr Prokudin, had reported two deaths “as a result of the Russian night terror.” “They were inside his bedroom, which has been attacked by the occupants,” he said, while detailing that Russia fired 604 projectiles, of which 41 were directed at residential buildings and civil infrastructure in Kherson.

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