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A Russian missile strike on Saturday destroyed the newly constructed runway at the main airport in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, a strategic Ukrainian Black Sea port, military and civilian officials said.

Odessa regional governor Maksym Marchenko said Russia used a Bastion missile, launched from Crimea.

“The runway at Odessa airport was destroyed. Thank God no one was injured. Anti-sabotage measures are underway in the area,” he said in a video uploaded.

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Odessa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov said it took a total of 10 years to design and build the new track, which was officially opened last July.

“Thanks to the new track, we expected a huge influx of tourists from all over the world. Instead, we received a rocket strike,” he posted on Facebook.

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“But Odessa is not a city that gives in to difficulties. We will absolutely restore the track after our victory and even more tourists will come to us.

The Russian military has yet to confirm the strike.

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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a daily update that the Russians were trying to capture the areas of Lyman in Donetsk and Sievierodonetsk and Popasna in Luhansk, adding that they “are not succeeding – the fighting continues” .

The war since February 24 has reduced cities to rubble, killed thousands and forced 5 million Ukrainians to flee abroad. Russia turned its attention south and east after failing to capture the capital, kyiv.

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Moscow calls its actions a “special operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of extreme anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West. Ukraine and the West say that Russia has launched an unprovoked war of aggression.

Although there have been efforts since the start of the war to hold peace talks, the two sides are far apart – which was illustrated by conflicting comments on the efforts of senior Russian and Ukrainian officials on Saturday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in remarks published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website, said lifting Western sanctions against Russia was part of the talks, but Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak denied that this is the case.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has insisted since the Russian invasion that sanctions must be tightened and cannot be part of the negotiations. He said on Friday there was a high risk the talks would end because of what he called “Russia’s playbook on killing people.”

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Ukraine accuses Russian troops of atrocities in areas near kyiv that they previously occupied. Moscow denies the allegations.

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French President Emmanuel Macron told Zelenskiy in a call on Saturday that his country would step up military and humanitarian support for Ukraine.

Moscow said on Saturday its artillery units hit 389 Ukrainian targets overnight.

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Alexander Bogomaz, the governor of Russia’s Bryansk region, said air defenses prevented a Ukrainian plane from entering the area and as a result shelling hit parts of an oil terminal, the authorities reported. Russian news agencies.

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The governor of another Russian region, Kursk, said several shells were fired from the direction of Ukraine on Saturday at a checkpoint near its border. Roman Starovoit said in a video on his Telegram channel that there were no casualties or damage.

On the Ukrainian side, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said the Russians were shelling the whole region “but they cannot break through our defence”. He said civilians would continue to be evacuated despite the difficult situation.

Gaidai said two schools and 20 houses were destroyed by Russian attacks on Friday in the Luhansk towns of Rubizhne and Popasna.


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Mykola Khanatov, head of Popasna’s military administration, said two buses sent to evacuate civilians from the town came under fire from Russian troops on Friday and there was no news from the drivers. He did not say how many people were on the buses.

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Russian news agency TASS, reporting from the scene, said 25 civilians, including six children, left the territory of the Azovstal steel plant in the beleaguered southern port of Mariupol on Saturday. It was unclear where they went and Reuters could not independently verify the report.

Several blocks in the city of Mariupol with destroyed buildings.


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Attacks were also reported outside Donbass, including in the southern Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia regions and in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, where the regional governor said a residential area was shelled during the war. night.

Reuters could not independently verify reports of what was happening on the ground.

Ukraine carried out a prisoner exchange with Russia on Saturday, with seven soldiers and seven civilians returning home, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said in an online message. She did not specify how many Russians had been transferred.

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(Reporting by Hamuda Hassan and Jorge Silva in Dobropillia, Ukraine, and Natalia Zinets in Kyiv; Additional reporting by Reuters journalists; Writing by Estelle Shirbon and Frances Kerry; Editing by Catherine Evans, Hugh Lawson and Daniel Wallis)

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