At least five people were killed on Wednesday in Russian shelling in the region covering the embattled Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv around the Black Sea, the presidency stated.
According to the statement released by the presidential deputy chief of staff, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a continuous shower of 28 rocket strikes had damaged a hospital along with homes in several parts of the Mykolaiv region.
He said, “There were also artillery strikes in the Vitovsk district, and as per the preliminary information, five civilians were killed.”
The Mykolaiv region governor Vitaly Kim added on earlier Wednesday that several villages were shelled during the night without casualties.
According to the statement released by Russia’s defence ministry, it had targeted Mykolaiv with “high-precision surface-to-air missiles,” claiming to have killed over dozens of troops east of the city.
A coastal city with an estimated pre-war population of around 475,000 residents, Mykolaiv lies between Ukraine’s largest port of Odessa and Kherson, a city seized by the Russian military early into the February invasion.