Putin’s brutal revenge: Russia bombs blood financial institution in Kharkiv after Kremlin’s blunt risk of retaliation for Ukrainian drone strikes on warships

Vladimir Putin bombed a Ukrainian blood financial institution tonight in revenge for drone assaults on Russian warships within the Black Sea.

President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the lethal assault on a blood transfusion middle in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkov area as a “war crime” as Moscow escalated its assaults within the war-torn nation.

A separate assault hit a key manufacturing facility, each assaults got here hours after Kiev hit a Russian tanker within the Kerch Strait. The assaults have been the most recent since Moscow deserted a deal final month that had secured Ukrainian grain exports regardless of the continuing battle.

A “guided aerial bomb” hit the middle in Kupiansk, a city a number of tens of kilometers from the Russian border, Zelensky stated.

President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the lethal assault on a blood transfusion middle in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv area as a “war crime” as Moscow escalated its assaults within the war-torn nation

“Rescuers are putting out the fire,” he wrote on social media, including, “This war crime alone says it all about Russian aggression.”

The assault got here shortly after Zelensky stated Russian missiles hit a facility of Ukrainian aviation group Motor Sich, a producer of plane and helicopter engines and different elements.

It is one in all a number of corporations which were requisitioned by the federal government because the invasion of Moscow. Motor Sich’s location is close to Khmelnytskyi in western Ukraine, about 300 kilometers southwest of Kiev. Home to a serious Ukrainian air base, the area has been the goal of standard Russian assaults in latest months.

In his night speech, Zelensky remained defiant, insisting that “no matter how many such Russian attacks there are, they will still do nothing for the enemy.”

Earlier on Saturday, Ukraine claimed it had “blown up” a Russian tanker, the “SIG,” carrying gas for Russian troops, a Ukrainian safety supply advised AFP.

The tanker was hit south of the Kerch Strait at about 23:20 (2020 GMT) on Friday, Russia’s Federal Agency for Maritime and Inland Navigation stated.

Footage reveals how the 4,754-tonne SIG oil and chemical tanker was hit by a marine drone

The crew on board reported vital injury and flooding within the engine room of the 143-meter vessel after the strike

Pictured is the injury on board the SIG tanker after it was hit by the drone which noticed the 11 crew endure abrasions from damaged glass

The ship was caught on the waterline within the engine room space however was nonetheless afloat, the company stated.

In a video obtained by AFP that claims to indicate the assault, a ship may be seen approaching a big vessel earlier than being disconnected.

The Ukrainian supply stated the “successful special operation,” involving a naval drone and explosives, was carried out collectively with the navy in Ukrainian territorial waters.

The SIG oil and chemical tanker is beneath US sanctions for supplying jet gas to Russian troops in Syria who help President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia’s international ministry condemned the assault on a “civilian ship”, including that the crew was not injured.

Footage reveals an enormous explosion of one of many ships within the port after Vladimir Putin’s forces reportedly deployed two warships to counter the assaults on Thursday evening

Pictured is the Russian touchdown ship Olenegorsky Gornyak (middle) docked in a port after being broken in a drone strike

Traffic on a key bridge throughout the Kerch Strait connecting the Moscow-annexed Crimean peninsula to the Russian mainland resumed early Saturday after a three-hour halt, in accordance with the Telegram channel of Russia’s Highways Information Center.

Crimea has been devastated by a number of assaults throughout the warfare, however assaults have elevated in latest weeks.

Russian troops shot down a drone over the ocean close to Sevastopol on Saturday, metropolis governor Mikhail Razvozhayev stated.

Tensions within the Black Sea normally have elevated since Russia withdrew from the settlement to guard grain exports by way of the delivery hub throughout the battle.

Ukraine struck the ship Olenegorsky Gornyak on the Novorossiysk base in southern Russia on Friday, a Ukrainian safety supply advised AFP, “to show that Ukraine can attack any Russian warship in that zone.”

Russia stated it had repelled the assault try.

On the frontline, Russia stated on Saturday it had captured the Novoselivske settlement in northeastern Ukraine, the place Kiev stated it was dealing with a rising variety of assaults.

Images present how a maritime drone hits a Russian touchdown ship

Russian army footage confirmed Novoselivske utterly destroyed, with clouds of white smoke rising over collapsing buildings.

Ukrainian military spokeswoman Ganna Malyar stated on Friday that Russian forces needed to divert Ukrainian sources east as Ukraine continues its counter-offensive within the south.

Ukraine launched a brand new effort to push again Russian troops in June, however has made solely modest progress.

With either side centered on successful on the battlefield, any probability of peace appears slim.

Saudi Arabia is nonetheless internet hosting talks concerning the warfare with representatives of practically 40 international locations – together with China, India and South Africa – however not Russia.

Talks concluded on Saturday and, as anticipated, no remaining assertion was launched.

But a European supply stated there was settlement that respect for Ukraine’s “territorial integrity and sovereignty” must be “at the heart of any peace settlement”.