Russian strike hits village in Kharkiv on Thursday, killing over 50 people
Vladimir Putin’s forces launched 36 Iranian-made attack drones, targeting the Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, the Ukrainian military reported, adding that air defence systems destroyed 27 drones.
Odesa Governor Oleh Kiper said unspecified “logistics infrastructure” in his region had been damaged but that no injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, in Monday’s UN Security Council meeting, members from around the world condemned Thursday’s strike by a Russian Iskander ballistic missile on a cafe in Hroza in the northeastern Kharkiv region. The village lost over 15 per cent of its 300 population when the memorial service for a Ukrainian soldier was targeted, with Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko saying every family was affected by the strike.
“This is one of the deadliest strikes by Russia against Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion last year,” said US deputy ambassador Robert Wood, stressing his country’s support for investigators gathering possible evidence of war crimes.
It comes as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday that it was in Russia’s interests to stoke war in the Middle East to weaken global unity.
UN members condemn village wake bombing
UN Security Council members from around the world have condemned Russia’s bombing of a village wake that killed 52 people.
Hroza, in the northeastern Kharkiv region, lost over 15 per cent of its 300 population when a cafe holding a memorial service for a Ukrainian soldier was targeted by a Russian Iskander ballistic missile on Thursday.
“This is one of the deadliest strikes by Russia against Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion last year,” said US deputy ambassador Robert Wood in Monday’s UN Security Council meeting, as he stressed his country’s support for investigators gathering possible evidence of war crimes.
Albania’s UN ambassador Ferit Hoxha, this month’s council president who presided at the meeting, said the missile strike and deaths in Hroza underscore again “the terrible price civilians are paying 20 months after the Russians invaded”.
He said Russia may deny responsibility, but it started and is continuing a war and committing “horrible crimes,” and “it has also broken the universal ancestral law of absolute respect for those mourning”.
China’s deputy UN ambassador Geng Shuang, whose country is a close ally of Russia, said Beijing finds the heavy civilian casualties in the attack on the village “concerning”.
Tara Cobham10 October 2023 08:01
Russia sends dozens of drones into Ukraine in latest air strike
Russia launched 36 Iranian-made attack drones against southern Ukraine overnight, damaging infrastructure in the Odesa region, authorities said.
The strikes targeted the Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, the Ukrainian military reported, adding that air defence systems destroyed 27 drones.
Odesa Governor Oleh Kiper said unspecified “logistics infrastructure” had been struck but that no injuries were reported.
Reuters could not independently verify the information. There was no immediate comment from Russia.
Russian forces have carried out regular missile and drone strikes on infrastructure in southern Ukraine in recent weeks and months, targeting port facilities in particular.
Tara Cobham10 October 2023 07:51
Putin to focus on ‘consolidating power’ at upcoming presidential election
Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely focus on “the theme of Russia as a separate civilisation” in the upcoming elections next year.
While Putin has not announced his intention to run in the election, which will take place next March, it is believed that he will not step down.
The British Ministry of Defence, in its latest intelligence update, said they expect the autocrat to focus his election efforts on further inculcating the “need of defence from external enemies” in Russia’s population.
You can read their full report below.
Tom Watling10 October 2023 08:08
Russia missile strike hits northeast Ukraine
Three civilians have been injured after a Russian missile struck their small village in northeast Ukraine, the local governor has reported.
Two 45-year-old women and a 34-year-old man were injured following a strike on the village of Veliky Burluk in the Kupyan district, Oleh Synyehubov, governor of Kharkiv Oblast, said.
The strike happened roughly 45 miles northeast of Hroza, where more than 50 civilians were killed by a similar Russian strike last week.
Tom Watling10 October 2023 07:44
Ukrainians weep in front of coffins carrying victims of deadly strike
Relatives of victims killed in a strike on Groza earlier this month were pictured weeping and hugging during as coffins were made ready for collection.
A Russian strike on October 5, 2023, killed at least 52 people gathered for a wake for the reburial of a slain Ukrainian serviceman in the eastern Ukrainian village of Groza. Ukrainian Interior Minister said the victims had gathered to remember a deceased villager in Groza, some 30 kilometres west of Kupiansk.
Holly Evans10 October 2023 07:00
Scale of deadly Russian strike in Kharkiv village shown in drone footage
A Russian rocket blast reduced a village cafe and store in eastern Ukraine to rubble on Thursday 5 October, killing at least 51 civilians – including a six-year-old boy – in one of the deadliest attacks in the war in months. Drone footage shows the aftermath of the attack, where rescuers searched for survivors in the remains of the only cafe in the village of Hroza, located in the Kharkiv region. Around 60 people, including children, were attending a wake at the cafe when the missile hit, Ukrainian officials said. Volodymyr Zelensky described the strike as “a demonstrably brutal Russian crime” and the White House also condemned the “horrifying” attack.
Holly Evans10 October 2023 06:00
Russian-born Swede accused of spying for Moscow is released ahead of the verdict in his trial
Sergey Skvortsov, 60, is accused of “gross illegal intelligence activities against Sweden and against a foreign power,” namely the United States.
Ahead of a verdict in his trial, which ended Sept. 28, Skvortsov was released with the Stockholm District Court saying that “there is no longer reason to keep the defendant in custody.” The verdict is due Oct. 26.
Holly Evans10 October 2023 05:00
Ukraine repels Russian attacks on five fronts as Putin resorts to old weaponry and reserves
Holly Evans10 October 2023 04:00
Satellite images show spike in border activity as North Korea ‘supplies weapons to Russia’
Approximately 73 railcars were visible in the images from last week, whereas previous satellite pictures over the past five years showed about 20 railcars at this facility at the most.
Holly Evans10 October 2023 03:00
Uefa torn over plans to reinstate Russian youth teams
The fall-out from Uefa’s plans to reinstate Russian underage teams to European competition is causing a huge split within the governing body, putting president Aleksander Ceferin under immense pressure to “revisit” the issue at this week’s Executive Committee meeting.
The controversy has already caused the confederation vice-president Karl-Erik Nilsson to resign as boss of the Swedish Sports Confederation and led Denmark to become the latest association to say they will not play Russian sides to go with England, Ireland and Ukraine.
The Independent has been told that there is tension within some national associations that didn’t immediately reject the idea out of hand.
Holly Evans10 October 2023 02:00