A Russian rocket exploded in the center of Ukraine’s second-largest city on Sunday, injuring five people.
The attacks targeted an apartment complex and an educational building in Kharkiv, according to regional governor Oleh Senyhobov.
Four people were injured after an S-300 missile landed in a residential area, and another was injured when a missile hit the National Academy for Urban Economy building half a mile from the city’s main square.
Governor Pavlo Kirilenko said rocket attacks in the eastern disputed Donetsk region injured five civilians in the city of Drezkivka and the town of Ivodiuka and its suburbs.
The region is one of four Ukrainian regions illegally annexed by Russia last year after holding fraudulent elections. However, the occupying forces still do not have complete control over the heavily populated province.
In the port city of Odessa, workers raced to restore power in the wake of a massive network outage over the weekend. Temporary generators were sent to try to restore power after repeated Russian attacks on the energy grid.
About 280,000 customers remained in the dark Sunday afternoon, and utility officials warned they should prepare for extended blackouts.
Meanwhile, European allies on Sunday imposed a ban on Russian diesel fuel and other refined oil products to cut war profit margins. The ban came with a price cap, but it allowed exports to India and China to continue to avoid rising prices worldwide.
As the anniversary of Moscow’s unprovoked attack approaches, Ukraine’s defense minister is hopeful that Western leaders will provide the country with warplanes to fight Russia ahead of the critical milestone.
With post wires
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