Ukraine acknowledges at least 198 dead and more than a thousand wounded

At least 198 Ukrainians have died and more than a thousand have been injured since the start of the Russian invasion last Thursday, according to data from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

“Unfortunately, according to operational data, 198 people have died at the hands of the invaders, including three children, and 1,115 wounded, 33 of whom are minors,” said the Ukrainian Minister of Health, on his Facebook account. Viktor Liashko.

In addition, Russia attacked during the early hours of Saturday more than eight hundred Ukrainian military targets with cruise missiles, while the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr ZelenskyHe refused to leave the country and lay down his arms.

“During the night the Russian Armed Forces used high-precision weapons against Ukraine’s military infrastructurewhich they destroyed with land-based and naval cruise missiles,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, specifying that the goal was 821 installations. “Among them 14 military airfields, 19 checkpoints and communications, 24 S-300 and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems, 48 ​​radar stations,” he said.

In addition, he reported on the shooting down of seven planes, seven helicopters and nine Ukrainian dronesand the annihilation of eight combat boats, as well as 87 tanks and armored personnel carriers, 28 multiple launchers, and 118 military vehicles and equipment.”

According to Konashenkov, the Russian forces they took the city of Melitopol, located in the south of Ukraine, where “they take all measures to ensure the safety of the civilian population and avoid provocations by the Ukrainian intelligence services and nationalists”.

Kiev resists after a night of attacks by the Russian army

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Zelensky denies evacuation

For its part, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense stated that during the last day the losses of enemy troops increased, reporting the shooting down of 14 planes and 8 helicopters and the destruction of 102 tanks and 536 armored vehicles. According to the Ukrainian military entity, the Russians would have lost more than 3,000 soldiers in combat.

The President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, has denied this Saturday a possible evacuation of his country, for which the US offered to help, and which has ordered the Army to lay down its arms before the advance of the Russian offensive on the capital.

Zelensky confirms that he is still in Kiev and calls to defend the capital

In Kiev, the Ukrainian army resists the siege of the Russian troops, although during the night it has suffered bombings and a missile has hit a residential building. The mayor of the capital, Vitali Klistchko, has affirmed that the city’s key services are operating normally and assured that public transport, including the subway, which also serves as an anti-aircraft shelter, allows essential workers to be transported to their jobs.

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