At least seven people were killed on Thursday and another 21 injured, after Russian forces shelled the southern Ukrainian port city of Kherson, Ukraine’s top official in the region said on Telegram.
Yaroslav Yanushevych, the head of the Kherson region military administration, offered his condolences to the families of victims and wished for “eternal memory to those killed by Russian invaders.” Their deaths marked “another terrible page in the history of our hero city,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier on Thursday said the Russian artillery attacks on Kherson city and the surrounding area “began immediately after the Russian army was forced to flee from the Kherson region” early in November.
Zelensky said Thursday’s deadly shelling was an act of revenge for those defeated Russian forces. The Russians do not know how to fight he said, “The only thing they can do is terrorize.”
Some context: With temperatures dropping, Ukraine began voluntary evacuations from parts of Kherson this week as damage to infrastructure from Russian strikes has made it perilous for residents to survive winter, according to authorities.