Deadly Attacks Strike Ukraine As Chinese Leader Xi Leaves Russia
In a devastating turn of events, deadly attacks strike Ukraine as Chinese leader Xi leaves Russia following talks with President Vladimir Putin. Despite pledging to deepen ties with Putin, the meetings between the Chinese and Russian leaders failed to make any breakthrough on resolving the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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In a devastating turn of events, deadly attacks strike Ukraine as Chinese leader Xi leaves Russiafollowing talks with President Vladimir Putin. Despite pledging to deepen ties with Putin, the meetings between the Chinese and Russian leaders failed to make any breakthrough on resolving the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, as Xi flew back to Beijing, Russia's military launched a series of strikes using Iran-made Shahed drones on Ukraine's Kyiv region. The attacks resulted in at least nine deaths and left seven others injured after a drone struck a dormitory building in the town of Rzhyshchiv.
Meanwhile, in the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhia, at least one person was killed and 34 others were injured, including two children, after Russian missiles hit apartment blocks. The attack has been described as a "deliberate strike" aimed at killing civilians, according to senior Ukrainian official and presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak.
The Ukrainian prosecutor's office reported that at least six missiles hit the city, causing extensive damage. The attack left apartments and balconies partially destroyed, damaged roofs, and broke windows. The blast wave and debris also damaged other nearby residential buildings, cars, and other civilian infrastructure in the city.
Kyrylo Chorniy, a 20-year-old student who was inside the apartment block when the blast struck, said he heard an explosion and saw a fire. Using a torch to point out his apartment, he revealed that all the windows had been blown out, but he and his parents refused to be forced out of their home.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack "bestial savagery" on social media app Telegram, vowing to respond with a military, political, and legal reply. He stated that "Russia will lose this war."
Russia Hits Ukraine With Missiles, Drones As Xi Departs Moscow
The Biden administration has stopped short of accusing Russia of targeting civilians with missile strikes in Zaporizhzhia but stated that it is consistent with previous such attacks. The Ukrainian air force reported that the attacks involved a volley of 21 drones launched against Ukraine from the north, of which it shot down 16.
The attacks occurred as Zelensky made an unannounced visit to Ukrainian troops on the front lines in the eastern Donbas region, where some of the fiercest fighting is raging with Russian forces. In his nightly address, Zelensky highlighted the devastation that Russia had brought to the region, stating that "the terrorist state cannot be stopped by anything other than one thing – our victory."
Wednesday's wave of attacks in Ukraine came as Putin wrapped up hosting his Chinese counterpart in Moscow following a three-day state visit. Both leaders called for the cessation of actions that "increase tensions" and "prolong" the war, according to their joint statement released by China's Foreign Ministry. The statement did not acknowledge that Russia's invasion and military assault were the cause of ongoing violence and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In recent weeks, China had positioned itself as a Ukraine peace broker, proposing a political solution to the conflict and calling for a ceasefire and peace talks. However, the proposal was viewed as a non-starter in the West and Kyiv because it included no provision for Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukrainian land.
On Tuesday, Zelensky stated that a ceasefire would "simply freeze" the conflict, giving Russia time to "prepare and come back again with their single wish, the wish of their leader - that is to occupy our country." Despite these challenges, Ukraine remains resolute in its determination to achieve victory over Russia and bring an end to the ongoing conflict.