Ukraine says Russian strikes on the southern city of Kherson have killed three people and injured six others. Those attacks followed a Russian air raid on an apartment complex in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, where at least one person was killed and three others injured.
Separately, Russia said a Ukrainian strike in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region hit a hospital on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and injuring two dozen. Russia’s Foreign Ministry blamed U.S.-made HIMARS rockets for the deaths and accused the United States of direct involvement in the conflict.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked allies to send long-range missiles and other high-tech weapons, saying Ukraine’s military needs to counter Russian attacks far from the frontlines.
President Volodymyr Zelensky: “Russia hopes to drag out the war and exhaust our forces, so we have to make time our weapon. We have to accelerate developments. We have to speed up the supply and launch of new necessary military options for Ukraine.”
In response, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ruled out sending German fighter jets to Ukraine, warning allies against entering a “bidding war” to supply weapons. Scholz’s comments came just days after Germany agreed to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 battle tanks.