At least seven people died this Thursday in an attack on a village in the region of Zaporizhia, in southern Ukraine, which led Ukrainian and Russian authorities to exchange new accusations about the authorship of the missile launches.
Russian troops reportedly fired at least three missiles in the city of Vilniansk today around 5 am (local time), with one of the projectiles hitting a residential building that houses three families.
After rescued people, public service workers and volunteers removed the rubble, Kirilo Timoshenko, the “number two” in the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, confirmed on his page on the social network Telegram at least seven dead.
“Regarding the aftermath of a Russian night missile that hit a four-apartment residential building in Vilniansk, Zaporijia region, the bodies of seven dead people were recovered from the rubble,” it said.
Shortly afterwards, Russian authorities installed in the region accused the Ukrainian armed forces of being behind the attack.
Spokesman for the main council of the Russian-installed civil-military administration, Vladimir Rogov, said the attack was carried out against the village of Mikhailovka.
Russia annexed the region, along with Kherson, Donetsk and Lugansk, in September, following the invasion launched on February 24 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukrainian forces have made advances in recent weeks in some of these regions, partially occupied by Russian troops.