Ukraine-Russia war – live: Deadly Russian attack on memorial service was no blind strike, says Zelensky

By Isaac M October 6, 2023

Russian strike hits village in Kharkiv on Thursday, killing over 50 people

A Russian missile strike killed a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother on Friday in the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, officials said, a day after a strike in the same region killed at least 52 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks in the war in months.

Reporters saw emergency crews pulling the body of the boy – who was wearing pyjamas with a Spiderman design – from the rubble of a building after the early morning attack, which injured 28 more people, including an 11-month-old baby, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said.

The boy’s father, Oleh Bychko, said he had managed to pull his younger son and wife out of the rubble after the strike. Bychko, his face scratched and his clothes covered in blood, stood shocked and lost for words after the death of his 10-year-old son, Tymofiy.

A day earlier, a Russian rocket blast turned a village cafe and store in Hroza, a village in eastern Ukraine to rubble, killing at least 51 civilians, according to Ukrainian officials.

About 60 people, including children, were attending a wake at the cafe when the missile hit, the officials said.

Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky, attending a summit of about 50 European leaders in Spain to rally support from Ukraine’s allies, called the strike as a “demonstrably brutal Russian crime” and “a completely deliberate act of terrorism”.

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Boy, 10, and grandmother killed as Russian rocket strikes Kharkiv

Russia unleashed new air strikes on Ukraine early on Friday, killing a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother in the city of Kharkiv and damaging grain and port infrastructure in the Odesa region in the south, Ukrainian officials said.

The boy and his grandmother were killed when Russia hit Ukraine’s second biggest city with two Iskander ballistic missiles, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said. Twenty-eight others were wounded, including an 11-month-old baby, he said.

The boy’s father, Oleh Bychko, said he had managed to pull his younger son and wife out of the rubble after the strike. Bychko, his face scratched and his clothes covered in blood, stood shocked and lost for words after the death of his 10-year-old son, Tymofiy. Reporters saw emergency crews pulling the body of the boy – who was wearing pyjamas with a Spiderman design – from the rubble of a building.

The missile attack destroyed much of a residential building, where rescue workers worked among the rubble of bricks, twisted metal and wood.

The attacks followed a Russian missile strike on Thursday in which Ukrainian officials said dozens of people were killed in the village of Hroza in northeastern Ukraine during a gathering to mourn a fallen Ukrainian soldier. The attack on Hroza was one of the deadliest single strikes on civilians since Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

Oleh Bychko looks at a residential building damaged by a Russian missile strike, where rescuers recover the body of his 10-year-old son Tymofii from debris, amid Russia’s attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Tara Cobham6 October 2023 10:42

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Russian missile strike on Ukraine village kills 52 during memorial service

A Russian missile slammed into a cafe and grocery store in a village in northeastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing 52 people during a gathering to mourn a fallen Ukrainian soldier, Ukrainian officials said.

Large piles of bricks, shattered metal and building materials remained where the cafe and shop were hit early in the afternoon in Hroza village in Kharkiv region.

“A deliberate missile strike on a village in Kharkiv region on an ordinary store and cafe,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address, delivered while attending a summit of the European Political Community in Spain. “Russian troops could not have been unaware of where they were hitting. This was no blind strike.”

He added that a six-year-old boy was among the dead in what appeared to be one of the biggest civilian death tolls in any single Russian strike.

Moscow did not immediately comment on the events in Hroza. Moscow denies deliberately targeting civilians, but many have been killed in attacks that have hit residential areas as well as energy, defence, port, grain and other facilities.

Emergency workers search for the victims of the deadly Russian rocket attack

(Ukrainian Police Press Office)

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 08:30

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Every family in Hroza affected by missile attack, says Interior Minister

People from every family and household in Ukraine’s north-eastern village of Hroza have been affected by a Russian missile attack that killed 52 people on Thursday, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko has said.

The missile slammed into a cafe and grocery store during a gathering to mourn a fallen Ukrainian soldier, Ukrainian officials said.

“From every family, from every household, there were people present at this commemoration. This is a terrible tragedy,” Klymenko told Ukrainian television.

He said the strike was clearly targeted and that Ukrainian security services had launched an investigation into the matter.

Volodymyr Kozienko sits in front of his damaged house next to the site of a Russian military strike in the village of Hroza

(REUTERS)

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 13:00

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Kremlin says no final report yet on cause of Prigozhin plane crash

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that investigators had not yet produced a final report on the cause of the plane crash that killed Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in August.

On Thursday President Vladimir Putin said fragments of hand grenades were found in the bodies of the victims.

The plane crash that killed Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in August

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Tara Cobham6 October 2023 12:30

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New Russian strikes on Ukraine also hit port facilities

Russia unleashed new air strikes on Ukraine early on Friday, killing a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother in the city of Kharkiv and damaging grain and port infrastructure in the Odesa region in the south, Ukrainian officials said.

The drone strikes targeted Odesa and Mykolaiv regions in the south, Dnipropetrovsk region in the southeast, Cherkasy and Zhytomyr regions in the centre and also Kharkiv region in the northeast, the air force said on the Telegram messaging app.

One drone attack damaged a grain silo in the Izmail district of the Odesa region, regional governor Oleh Kiper said. Nine trucks caught fire at the site but the fire was put out quickly.

“The air alert in Odesa lasted for three-and-a-half hours,” Kiper said. “The enemy once again targeted the border and port infrastructure of the Izmail district.”

The Ukrainian military said that operations at an international ferry checkpoint ‘Orlivka’ on the border with Romania were suspended and vehicles were rerouted following the drone attacks.

Firefighters working to extinguish a fire on the port infrastructure on the Danube river, in the Odesa region

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Tara Cobham6 October 2023 12:00

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Sunak says attack on Ukrainian supermarket shows Putin’s ‘barbarity’

Rishi Sunak has said Russia’s attack on a Ukrainiansupermarket, which has killed 49 people, including a six-year-old boy, shows Putin’s ‘barbarity’

The Russian strike targeted a supermarket in eastern Ukraine in the village of Hroza.

Speaking on Sky News, Mr Sunak said: “It just illustrates Russia’s barbarity and President Putin can say all he likes.

“There is one person responsible for all of this illegal unprovoked war and it is him and he should stop. That’s why the UK has been steadfast in supporting Ukraine and will continue to do so.”

Rishi Sunak says Russia’s attack on Ukrainian supermarket shows Putin’s ‘barbarity’

Rishi Sunak has said Russia’s attack on a Ukrainiansupermarket, which has killed 49 people, including a six-year-old boy, shows Putin’s ‘barbarity’ The Russian strike targeted a supermarket in eastern Ukraine in the village of Hroza. Speaking on Sky News, Mr Sunak said: “It just illustrates Russia’s barbarity and President Putin can say all he likes. “There is one person responsible for all of this illegal unprovoked war and it is him and he should stop. That’s why the UK has been steadfast in supporting Ukraine and will continue to do so.”

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 11:30

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UN rights chief deploys field team to probe Russian attack on Hroza

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday deployed a field team to probe the Russian attack on the Ukrainian village of Hroza that left at least 52 people dead.

“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, who saw for himself the horrific impact of such strikes, is profoundly shocked and condemns these killings,” OHCHR spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell  told reporters in Geneva.

“He has deployed a field team to the site to speak to survivors and gather more information.”

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 11:00

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Russia says it destroyed Ukrainian navy drone near Crimea

A Ukrainian navy drone was destroyed off the coast of Crimea by the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation forces, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Friday.

The Defence Ministry did not provide further details of the incident.

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 10:30

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Russia to look at revoking ratification of nuclear test ban treaty

Russia on Friday indicated it was moving swiftly towards revoking its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty after President Vladimir Putin held out the possibility of resuming nuclear testing.

Putin on Thursday said Russia’s nuclear doctrine – which sets out the conditions under which he would press the nuclear button – did not need updating but that he was not yet ready to say whether or not Russia needed to resume nuclear tests.

The Kremlin chief said that Russia could look at revoking ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as the United States had signed it but not ratified.

Just hours after Putin’s comments, Russia’s top lawmaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, said the State Duma lower house of parliament would swiftly consider if there was a need to revoke Russia’s ratification of the treaty.

“At the next meeting of the State Duma Council, we will definitely discuss the issue of revoking the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” Volodin said.

Putin’s comments, followed by Volodin’s, indicate that Russia is seriously considering revoking ratification of the treaty, which bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere.

Russia’s top lawmaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, said the State Duma lower house of parliament would swiftly consider if there was a need to revoke Russia’s ratification of the treaty

(The State Duma, The Federal Assembly of The Russian Federation)

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 10:15

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Sweden pledges more military aid to Ukraine

Sweden will send Ukraine a new military support package worth 2.2 billion crowns ($199 million) – consisting mainly of artillery ammunition – and is looking into sending fighter jets, Defence Minister Pal Jonson said.

Jonson told a news conference the armed forces were due to report by Nov. 6 on the potential for sending Jas Gripen jets to Ukraine after the government asked them to assess the issue.

But he reiterated that Sweden would for domestic security reasons need to become member of NATO before it would be able to potentially spare any fighter jets.

Sweden hopes to join the NATO defence alliance soon although its accession has been held up by member states Turkey and Hungary.

The new military aid package will be Sweden’s 14th to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, taking the total value of the Nordic country’s such aid to just over 22 billion crowns.

Tara Cobham6 October 2023 10:00

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