A fuel depot in the eastern Ukrainian city of Novomoskovsk exploded on Sunday, killing one and injuring two others after it was hit by three Russian missiles, the head of the regional administration said in an online message.
Valentyn Reznichenko posted a photo of what he believes was a major fire at the depot. Novomoskovsk is located just northeast of Dnipro, the regional capital.
Eleven people were injured in the strike itself, Reznichenko had said on Saturday. Firefighters were still trying to put out the fire from the rocket attack some 14 hours after the depot was hit, Reznichenko said early Sunday.
In northeastern Ukraine, Russian Iskander missiles hit a tank repair factory in Kharkov, Russia’s defense ministry said on Sunday. The Iskander is a short-range mobile ballistic missile system.
The ministry also said it destroyed 10 155mm M777 howitzers and up to 20 military vehicles in the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv that had been supplied by western countries in the past 10 days.
Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, was hit by heavy shelling in the first two months of the war launched by Moscow on February 24. Russia called it a “special military operation” to disarm its neighbor and protect Russian-speakers there from dangerous nationalists. Ukraine and its allies rejected that as an unfounded pretext for a war of aggression.
Russian troops trying to approach Kharkov want to make it a “frontline city,” Vadym Denysenko, an official with Ukraine’s interior ministry, said Sunday.
NATO warns of long war
The war in Ukraine could last for years, NATO’s head said Sunday, calling for steadfast support from Ukraine’s allies as Russian forces battle for territory in the east of the country.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said supplying state-of-the-art weapons to Ukrainian troops increases the chances of liberating the eastern Donbas region from Russian control, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported.
After Russian forces failed to take the capital Kiev early in the war, Russian forces have concentrated their efforts in recent weeks on taking complete control of the Donbas, parts of which had been under the control of the Donbas before the invasion. Russian-backed separatists.
“We must prepare for the fact that it could take years. We must not give up support for Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.
Russia claims success at Severodonetsk
Russia said on Sunday that its offensive against Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine was successful after it took control of Metyolkine, a district on the outskirts of the city.
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Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov also said in a video statement that long-range Kalibr cruise missiles hit a command center in the Dnipropetrovsk region, killing Ukrainian generals and officers.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the details or the toll of the Russian attacks on Ukraine.