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At least eight Russian missiles hit the town of Vinnytsia, Ukrainian officials said on Sunday, again calling on Western forces to shut down the skies over Ukraine on the 11th day of the war.
In a video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the “brutal and cynical missile strike completely destroyed the airport” in Vinnytsia, a major city in central-western Ukraine located far from the frontline.
He described the city as “peaceful” and as having “never posed a threat to Russia in any way”.
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“They continue the total destruction of our infrastructure, of our life built by us, our parents and our grandparents, generations of Ukrainians,” Zelenskyy said of the Russian military. “We repeat every day: Close the sky over Ukraine. Close it to all Russian missiles, to Russian fighter jets, to all those terrorists.”
“Make a humanitarian air zone without rockets, without aerial bombs. We are people, and it is your humanitarian duty to protect us, to protect people, and you can do that,” he continued.
“If you don’t, if you don’t at least give us planes so that we can protect ourselves, there can only be one conclusion: you also want us to be killed in small steps,” he said. Zelenskyy. “It is also the responsibility of the politicians of the world. Western leaders. Today and forever.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted a video of the airstrike on Vinnystia.
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“Eight Russian cruise missiles hit Vinnytsia, a major city far from the front line. Putin continues his cowardly and barbaric missile strikes, aerial bombardment of civilians,” he wrote. “Help us close the sky and save lives!” Provide air and missile defense, combat aircraft! Stop Russian terrorism!