Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the country’s armed forces will respond to the Russian shelling of the town of Marhanets, which killed 13 people and wounded 10 today.
In a video address, the Ukrainian leader said: “The armed forces of Ukraine, our intelligence and our law enforcement agencies will not leave today’s Russian shelling of Dnipropetrovsk region unanswered.”
The attack, he said, underlined the need for allies to supply more powerful weapons to the Ukrainian military.
“The more losses the occupiers suffer, the sooner we will be able to liberate our land and ensure the security of Ukraine,” he said.
“This is what everyone who defends our state and helps Ukraine should think about – how to inflict the greatest possible losses on the occupiers in order to shorten the war.”
The town of Marhanets, which sits across the Dnipro River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, is one that Russia has alleged Ukrainian forces have used in the past to shell Russian forces who are holed up at the power plant – which they took over in March.
Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of imperilling the safety of the vast plant – Europe’s largest – by attacking one another in its vicinity.
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