Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Ukraine launched a missile attack on the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol on Saturday, according to officials from both sides.

Moscow-based Melitopol administrators said four missiles hit the city, killing two people and injuring 10.

Yevgeny Balitsky, acting governor of Zaporizhzhia, said two more missiles were shot down.

A “recreation center, where people, civilians and base (military) personnel were dining on Saturday night, was completely destroyed,” Balitsky said.

The strikes were also acknowledged by Ivan Fedorov, a former Ukrainian administrator of the city of Melitopol, who said Russian military bases were hit.

Fedorov said the blasts hit the Christian church building in Melitopol, “which the occupants seized several months ago and turned into their hiding place.”

Last month, the Ukrainian official said the Russian military had turned Melitopol into “a giant military base”.

“The Russian military is moving into seized local houses, schools and kindergartens. Military equipment is parked in residential areas,” he said at the time.

Fedorov, who is not in Melitopol, also reported dead and wounded among Russian forces in the city. He did not give a specific number.

Melitopol, in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, has been under Russian occupation since early March.


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