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Russia aims to take control of the entire Donbas region

Ukraine charges Russia of air strikes on civilian buildings

UKRAINE-CRISIS/MYKOLAIV A damaged residential building in Mykolaiv following Russian airstrike | Reuters

Russian forces are trying to surround Ukraine military's last stronghold in the eastern region and take control of entire Donbas, reports said.

Associated Press reported that in its move to wrest Donbas region entirely from Ukraine, Russian forces pushed towards two villages south of Lysychansk. Ukrainian forces fought to prevent the encirclement.

Reuters reported eight missiles struck Mykolaiv, a river port just off the Black Sea. The mayor of the city said that an apartment building was also hit in the attack in which four persons got killed and five persons suffered injuries. Meanwhile, Ukraine secured the release of 144 of its soldiers, including 95 who defended Mariupol's steelworks, Ukraine's military intelligence agency was quoted saying by the publication.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, “Russian strike alone at the city of Mykolaiv - 10 missiles at once, and all of them were aimed at civilian targets - proves for absolutely everyone in the world that the pressure on Russia is not enough. One of these missiles, a hypersonic anti-ship missile 'Onyx', destroyed an ordinary five-story building. Dismantling of the debris continued over the day. As of now, five people are known to have been killed.” 

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