Tuesday, as Vladimir Putin gave a demented speech defending the violence and blaming the West, a salvo of Russian missiles rained down on Kherson in southern Ukraine, killing six people.
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According to Ukrainian officials, the rocket attack also left 12 people hurt with blood pools on the ground adjacent to a demolished bus stop.
A 16-year-old girl who sustained shrapnel injuries to her face and limbs, a woman who was hurt by munitions fire at her residence, and two persons who were hurt in a parking lot were among the survivors, according to the Kherson regional state administration.
The explosion in the town’s center also destroyed a number of stores, brought down electricity lines, and broke windows across the street.
The dead bodies of the victims were seen lying on the ground in the roadway, surrounded by debris, in pictures posted on social media by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
A Russian missile struck a busy street in the Ukrainian city of Kherson on Tuesday, killing six people and leaving pools of blood on the street. AP The shelling injured at least 12 people, including a 16-year-old girl. REUTERS President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared photos from Kherson with dead and wounded civilians. via REUTERS The attack came as Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech justifying the conflict and blaming Ukraine’s western allies. via REUTERS
“It’s very crowded here at this time of day, so there’s probably a lot of casualties,” a woman named Viktoria, who was waiting for a bus, told Reuters.
“It’s really scary. They also film where we live.”
Local authorities said Kherson came under fire from multiple rocket launchers as the Russian strongman delivered a state of the nation address in which he labeled Ukraine’s western allies the real aggressors.
Putin tried to justify the war by saying it was forced on Russia by the West.