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Russian strike on Ukrainian cafe kills at least 49 while Ukrainian Zelensky visits Spain


A Russian attack on a village in northeastern Ukraine on Thursday left at least 49 people dead, including a 6-year-old boy, Ukrainian officials said. It also left at least six others injured.

Presidential Chief of Staff Andrii Yermak and Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov said Russian forces shelled the village of Hroza in the Kharkiv region, hitting a store and a cafe around 1 p.m. Syniehubov said another child was among the injured.

Russia targeted Ukraine with drones in another major attack on Thursday morning, hitting the southern regions of Odessa, Mykolaiv and Kirovohrad. The country’s air defenses intercepted 24 of the 29 Iranian-made drones used in the attack, Ukraine’s air force said.

The two attacks took place as President Volodymyr Zelensky was traveling to Spain to rally support from Western allies at a summit of around 50 European leaders.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives at the European summit in Granada, Spain, Thursday, October 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Manu Fernández)

On Thursday, Zelensky attended a summit of the European Political Community in Granada, southern Spain, to ask the international body for more help. The group was formed following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

“The key for us, especially before winter, is to strengthen air defense, and there is already a basis for new agreements with partners,” he said in a statement on Telegram.

A collapsed building

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, rescue workers search for victims of a Russian rocket attack that killed at least 47 people in the village of Hroza near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Zelenskyy previously said the Grenada summit would also focus on “joint work for global food security and protection of freedom of navigation” in the Black Sea, where the Russian military frequently targets Ukrainian ports.

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Emergency Response Managers

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, rescue workers search for victims of the deadly Russian rocket attack that killed more than 100 people in the village of Hroza near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

He called for “an additional air defense system for Ukraine, additional artillery and shells, additional long-range missiles and drones for our soldiers, as well as additional formats of support and security guarantees for the nations threatened by Russia” to help protect Europe from potential aggression. through Moscow.

The Ukrainian president also stressed the need to preserve European unity in the face of a massive Russian disinformation campaign and to stay strong amid a “political storm” in the United States.

Rubble, debris

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, rescue workers search for victims of a Russian rocket attack that killed at least 47 people in the village of Hroza near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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He did not say whether he expected Washington’s support to end, but referred to the confidence he had after meeting with President Biden and U.S. lawmakers last month.

Over the past day, Russian attacks left two civilians dead in the southern city of Kherson and another in the town of Krasnohorivka in the eastern Donetsk region. At least eight people were injured by Russian bombing, according to Ukraine’s presidential office.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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