By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – At least two people have been killed and 23 injured in a Russian missile strike on a medical clinic in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, the regional governor said Friday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who gave a lower causality toll, said, “Russian terrorists once again confirm their status of fighters against everything humane and honest.”
The injured included two children aged three and six who have been hospitalized, Kyiv said. Ukraine’s ombudsman added that another four people are considered missing.
With attacks ongoing, Ukraine claimed to have shot down 10 missiles and 25 drones launched by Russia in overnight raids on the capital Kyiv, the city of Dnipro, and eastern regions.
The Ukrainian air force said it had shot down 10 missiles fired from the Caspian Sea, and 23 Iranian-made Shahed drones, and two reconnaissance drones.
The military stressed that 17 missiles and 31 drones were launched in the attacks, which started late Thursday and continued until 5 am local time on Friday.
Several drones and missiles reportedly hit targets in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions, but there was no immediate word of any deaths.
UKRAINE HITS BACK
However, Ukraine hit back with Denis Pushilin, the Russian-imposed leader of the occupied Donetsk region, saying the city of Donetsk came under fire from Ukrainian forces.
As a result, he explained, a young woman died, and another was injured.
And in a sign that the war continues to escalate beyond Ukraine’s borders, Ukraine struck two regions in southern Russia with a rocket and a drone, Russian officials and media said.
Authorities claimed that air defenses shot down the missile.
In the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, a blast damaged a residential and office building, Russian officials said.
In the neighboring Rostov region, the local governor noticed air defenses had shot down a Ukrainian missile on Thursday near Morozovsk, where there is a Russian airbase.
With fighting ongoing Friday, Russia’s deputy security council chair, Dmitry Medvedev, said negotiations with Ukraine about a peace settlement were “impossible” as long as Zelenskiy was in power.
WORLDWIDE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Ukraine previously ruled out negotiating with Russia while Vladimir Putin remains the president.
As tensions rose, there was concern that the armed conflict could impact worldwide food distribution.
China hopes the Black Sea grain initiative deal “can be implemented in a balanced and comprehensive manner.”
The Chinese foreign ministry said it wants to cooperate on global food security.
Last week, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the agreement between Ukraine and Russia, brokered by Turkey and the United Nations, would be extended for two months.
However, China and other countries want to ensure the agreement between the world’s breadbaskets will be extended beyond that period.
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