Ukraine war: Fourteen dead in Russian missile strike on Chernihiv

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A missile attack from Russia killed 14 people in Chernihiv, a city in northern Ukraine. The attack damaged buildings and injured over 60 people. Ukrainian officials said the missiles hit near the city center, damaging an eight-story building and other nearby structures.

Earlier, there were reports of Ukraine striking a Russian military airfield in Crimea. Videos on social media showed a fire at the airfield in Dzhankoy. In Chernihiv, one building was hit directly, and other buildings, a hospital, cars, and a school were damaged.

Two children were among the casualties, and rescuers are searching for more victims. People in the city took cover as the attack happened, and emergency services are still looking for survivors.

President Zelensky said Ukraine lacked proper air defense equipment, which could have prevented the attack. He asked Western allies for support. Chernihiv, close to the Russian border, faced occupation during the 2022 invasion, causing significant destruction and casualties.

In a recent interview, Zelensky mentioned Ukraine’s weakened air defenses, which allowed Russia to destroy a power plant. Ukraine needs assistance, but a $60 billion aid package from the US has faced delays in Congress.

Zelensky called for the same unity shown in supporting Israel during missile attacks to be shown to Ukraine.

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He emphasized that Ukraine’s defense capabilities were severely hampered during the attack on the Trypillya power plant, with only a limited number of missiles available for defense. Zelensky highlighted the urgent need for assistance to bolster Ukraine’s defense against future attacks.

The delay in the US aid package has been attributed to objections from some Republicans in Congress. Zelensky stressed the importance of international solidarity, drawing parallels to the support received by non-NATO country Israel during similar situations.

As Ukraine grapples with the aftermath of the missile attack in Chernihiv and ongoing security concerns, President Zelensky continues to advocate for increased support from the international community to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and protect its citizens.

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