At least 17 people were murdered and 40 more were injured when a rocket landed in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday.
According to Anatoly Kurtev, the acting mayor of Zaporizhzhia, five homes were burned and apartment complexes were damaged in the incident. Earlier on Saturday, during a speech to the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a ferocious struggle was going on in the area of the city of Bakhmut in the eastern Donetsk region.
According to Zelensky, “We are holding areas in Donbas, particularly in the Bakhmut direction, where presently it is very, very hard, extremely severe combat.”
He further stated “Today, I would want to once more recognise the bravery and steadfast might of our warriors from the Kholodny Yar 93rd Separate Mechanized Brigade in this direction.”
According to media reports, Zaporizhzhia is a significant city in southern Ukraine, close to the front line, and the location of a nuclear power facility that the whole community is nervously observing.
Russian troops have taken control of a portion of the larger area. Notably, the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv has been worse since Russia proclaimed its annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson areas of Ukraine.