This handout photograph taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press service on July 29, 2023 shows President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (R) looking on as he awards and congratulates servicemen on the day of Special Operations Forces, during a visit to their forward positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region. (AFP)

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says Russia stuck blood transfusion center in Kharkiv

This handout photograph taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press service on July 29, 2023 shows President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (R) looking on as he awards and congratulates servicemen on the day of Special Operations Forces, during a visit to their forward positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region. (AFP)

Russian forces struck a blood transfusion center in the Kharkiv region of northeast Ukraine, the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday, adding that “dead and wounded are reported.”

A “guided air bomb” hit the center in Kupiansk, a city a few dozen kilometers from the Russian border, Zelenskyy said on social media.

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“Rescuers are extinguishing the fire,” he said, adding: “This war crime alone says everything about Russian aggression.”

The reported strike came shortly after Zelenskyy said Russian missiles had hit a facility of the Ukrainian aeronautics group Motor Sich, one of several companies requisitioned by the government since Moscow’s invasion.

Strikes also hit the region of Khmelnytskyi in western Ukraine, around 300 kilometers (190 miles) southwest of Kyiv.

The Khmelnytskyi region, hundreds of kilometers from the front lines of the fighting and home to a major Ukrainian airbase, has been regularly targeted by Russian strikes in recent months.

The Russian attacks came after Ukraine carried out a drone strike overnight on a Russian tanker in the Kerch Strait, a day after another Russian ship was hit in the Black Sea.

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