KYIV, Ukraine — Russian assaults in Ukraine wounded not less than 14 civilians over the previous day, officers stated Saturday, because the president of the European Union’s govt arm returned to the Ukrainian capital to fulfill with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The governor of the Zaporizhzhia area, Yurii Malashko, stated that 9 individuals had been wounded in a Russian rocket strike on the village of Zarichne. General, 26 cities and settlements within the area got here beneath assault over the previous day, he stated.
Within the Kherson area, 5 individuals had been wounded, stated Gov. Oleksandr Prokudin. He stated that assaults within the area got here from artillery, mortars, drones, warplanes and tanks.
Nikopol, a metropolis of the alternative financial institution of the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant, Europe’s largest, got here beneath fireplace, however no accidents had been instantly reported, in keeping with Dnipropetrovsk regional Gov. Serhii Lysak.
On Saturday night, the Russia-appointed governor of the annexed Crimean Peninsula stated that air protection missiles had been fired within the metropolis of Kerch and that fragments fell on a shipyard. He did not give additional particulars.
Kerch is on the western finish of the bridge to Russia’s Krasnodar area, which is a vital conduit for food and navy provides. The bridge has been hit by vital assaults twice.
European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv on Saturday morning and was met by Zelenskyy on the practice station.
She tweeted that talks throughout her sixth go to would give attention to the trail for Ukraine to affix the EU “and the way we are going to proceed to make Russia pay for its conflict of aggression.”
The go to got here per week earlier than she was resulting from current a report on the enlargement of the EU, which von der Leyen stated will observe Kyiv’s progress on its path to membership within the 27-member bloc.
“I need to say you will have made glorious progress. That is spectacular to see,” von der Leyen stated after the assembly with Zelenskyy. “We must always always remember you’re preventing an existential conflict and on the identical time you’re deeply reforming your nation.”
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