Russian strikes kill 3 in central Ukraine: Governor

Nine Ukrainian servicemen are injured and one serviceman is dead



By AFP

Published: Sat 23 Jul 2022, 1:06 PM

On Saturday, Russian missile strikes on railway infrastructure and a military airfield in central Ukraine left at least three people dead, including a Ukrainian serviceman, a regional governor said.

"Nine Ukrainian servicemen were injured and one serviceman is dead. First, two guards of an electrical substation were killed," Andriy Raikovych, the head of the Kirovograd region, told Ukrainian media.

Russian strikes on central Ukraine are picking up after a lull that came while fighting focused more on the eastern Donbas region, which is now mostly under Moscow's control.

The announced toll from Saturday's strikes was an unusual admission of precise military casualties from Ukraine, in a conflict in which military deaths have usually been closely guarded by both sides.

Earlier, Raikovych had given a statement on social media that a barrage of 13 sea-launched Russian cruise missiles had struck outside the administrative centre of his Kirovograd region.

"Infrastructural facilities outside the regional centre were targeted, in particular, the military airfield Kanatove and a facility linked to Ukrainian Railways," Raikovych said.

The city, Kropyvnytskyi, has an estimated population of 220,000 people and lies some 300km south of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

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