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Russian Drone and Artillery Assault Leaves 6 Dead and Power Outage in Ukraine

December 27, 2023

Ukrainian servicemen carry the coffin of their comrade Vasyl Boichuk who was killed in Mykolayiv in March 2022, during his funeral ceremony at the cemetery in Iltsi village Ukraine, Tuesday, December 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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HRRC condemns the significant escalation in hostilities between Russia and Ukraine. The ongoing 22-month conflict between these nations has caused a disturbing trend of escalating violence, particularly as civilians increasingly find themselves in the line of fire, raising profound humanitarian concerns.

In a significant escalation of hostilities, Russia unleashed nearly 50 Shahed drones in an aerial assault on targets in Ukraine, coupled with shelling at a train station in Kherson where over 100 civilians had gathered to catch a train to Kyiv, according to Ukrainian officials. The attacks resulted in at least five fatalities and widespread power outages in Kherson. The assault followed a prior incident where Ukrainian warplanes damaged a Russian ship off Crimea. Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko reported that the artillery and drone bombardment occurred overnight in the Kherson region, causing the death of one policeman, injuries to two other officers, and two civilians.

This aggressive move by Russia underscores the intensification of the 22-month-long conflict, with both sides grappling for control along the front line. The indiscriminate targeting of civilians at a train station heightens concerns about the humanitarian impact of the conflict, as the violence continues to escalate between Ukrainian and Russian forces.


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