Three killed in Russia's overnight airstrikes across Ukraine

Russian air bomb hits blood transfusion centre, many injured

Russian airstrike on Ukraine

Three people got killed and at least half a dozen persons suffered injuries in Russia's intense shelling across Ukraine overnight. According to reports, one of the air bombs was targeted at a blood transfusion centre in Kharkiv region.

The regional head of Kharkiv region said two persons got killed and a few others suffered injuries in the Russian strike. The Guardian quoting Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the local regional military administration in Kharkiv region reported that two people were killed and four more were injured following a Russian air strike. 

Alexei Kulemin, mayor of Russian-held Donetsk region said an elderly woman died amid Ukrainian shelling. A regional head of Ukraine’s Khmelnytsky region said several buildings in the area got damaged in the Russian strike. 

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia's strike on a blood transfusion centre says everything about Russian aggression. “Russia's guided air bomb against a blood transfusion centre in Ukraine. This evening, Kupiansk community in Kharkiv region. Dead and wounded are reported. My condolences!,” Zelenskyy tweeted.

Zelenskyy added, “Our rescuers are extinguishing the fire. This war crime alone says everything about Russian aggression. Beasts that destroy everything that simply allows to live. Defeating terrorists is a matter of honor for everyone who values life.”

Moscow's Vnukovo airport located 15km southwest of the Russian capital briefly suspended flights Sunday morning after a drone was shot down in the airspace around the city. The drone was destroyed by air defence systems in the Podolsk region of the Moscow suburbs, the Russian defence ministry said.

Authorities in Ukraine, which generally avoids commenting on attacks on Russian soil, didn't say whether it launched the raid. Flights were last halted at the airport on July 30, when two drones crashed into the Moscow City business district after being jammed by Russian air defences.

The attack was one of four strikes on the Russian capital in the space of a month, spotlighting Moscow's vulnerability as Russia's war in Ukraine drags into its second year.

The attempted drone strike followed a night of heavy clashes across Ukraine. The Ukrainian Air Force reported Sunday that Russian forces had launched 70 attack drones and air and sea missiles overnight.

The bombardment reportedly included cruise missiles launched from aircraft over the Caspian Sea and Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs.

In Ukraine's eastern Kupyan region, a 55-year-old man was hospitalised after missiles struck local houses and farm buildings. The attack also ignited a forest fire, officials said on social media.

(With PTI inputs.)

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