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While the Russian offensive in Ukraine has been going on for five months, parts of the country have seen a period of relative calm lately. But a series of missile strikes have revived fears in recent days, particularly in Mylokaiv, in the south of the country. At least three people were killed and five were injured there on Wednesday, according to local authorities. Our special sent went to meet the inhabitants. Reportage.
The attack took place as NATO leaders met in Madrid for a summit and reaffirmed their support for kyiv. On Wednesday June 29, Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said eight missiles hit the city, urging residents to evacuate. A residential building was thus hit, according to him, by a Russian X-55 cruise missile. At least three people lost their lives and five were injured in the strike.
Local authorities have launched a rescue operation for survivors. “In recent days, there have been more and more strikes on neighborhoods where there are civilians, but we are ready to do our job,” Andry Pankratov, fire chief, told France 24. third time that this district has been targeted since the beginning of the war. Each time, the emergency services cleared the ruins and solidarity was organised.
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Fighting in Kherson
A few dozen kilometers further, the Ukrainian soldiers defend their positions and try to retake the occupied city of Kherson. But they lack modern weapons, using machine guns made in 1944, for example. ‘ winter”, “we are waiting for real help, and fast.”
According to Leonid, a resident of Prybuz’ke, near the front line, there are now around 30 of them who have remained there: “Before the war, the population was around 1,350 people here. Now less than 2% remained.”