War in Ukraine | Several explosions shake the Ukrainian town of Mykolaiv

The anti-aircraft alarms have once again interrupted the sleep of thousands of inhabitants in the Ukrainian city of Mikoláiv this Saturday. At dawn, Russian troops have fired ten Onyx missiles that have exploded against port facilities and other industrial infrastructure in the city from the occupied Kherson region, as reported by the Ukrainian Operational Command “Pivden” (South)

“At dawn, the enemy directed ten Onyx-type rockets fired from the Bastion missile complex in the occupied Kherson region towards Mykolaiv. Once again, port facilities and other industrial infrastructure in the city were attacked, and hits were recorded on agricultural land on the outskirts,” he specified. Information on the extent of the damage is still being clarified and the existence of victims.

These attacks come a day after the Ukrainian authorities claimed that at least 21 people had died in a Russian missile attack on a building in Odesa. Meanwhile, Ukrainian aircraft have attacked a Russian stronghold near Blahodatne in the Mykolaiv region, destroying a TorM1 surface-to-air missile system, two infantry fighting vehicles and a dozen soldiers, the report added.

Russia trying to encircle Lysychansk

In Lysychansk, Russian forces have continued their efforts to surround the city and they have carried out offensive operations to the south and southwest of the city, according to the report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). In addition, Russia would be trying to block road access with air strikes against Ukrainian positions, he added.

The Ukrainian army has also accused Moscow of attacking Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island), despite the fact that Russia had announced two days ago its withdrawal from this strategic enclave in the Black Sea as “a gesture of goodwill” to unblock the passage of grain. In footage released by Ukrainian forces, two purportedly Russian planes are seen approaching and dropping bombs that Ukraine says are phosphorous.

The Ukrainian national police, for its part, has reported on Telegram that 17 attacks against the Donetsk region in the last 24 hours that left civilians dead. “During the day, eleven population centers came under enemy fire. 43 residential buildings, including ten apartment blocks, were destroyed or damaged,” he said.

Ukraine accuses Moscow of attacking Snake Island, despite the announcement of the Russian withdrawal

More than 10,000 Mariupol residents in prisons in the pro-Russian zone of Donetsk

As for Mariúpol, the city council has denounced that more than 10,000 residents of that city under the control of Russian troops are being held in prisons in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

“Peaceful civilians have been detained by the occupiers and sent to places of detention. Four of these prisons are known: two in Olenivka, the Donetsk detention center and Makiivka,” local authorities said in a Telegram message collected by the Ukrinform and Unian agencies.

The Ukrainian local authorities have specified that “people are held in terrible and inhumane conditions, like in a concentration camp, locked in narrow cells of 2 by 3 meters with 10 people.” Also, has stated that detainees barely receive water and foodThey do not go abroad, they do not have access to normal medical care and “they are subjected to various forms of torture, from psychological to physical.”

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, has made an appeal to the International Red Cross and the UN to “pay attention to the illegal detention of civilians in the city”, to “use all possible tools to obtain lists of prisoners” and to ensure that the conditions of their stay are “dignified”.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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