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An injured woman lies inside an ambulance in Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Thursday.
The corpse of Natalia Krystenko lay covered with a blanket in the doorway of her apartment all night. City officials responding to the deadly barrage of attacks that hit the southern Ukraine city of Kherson were initially overwhelmed and unable to retrieve her.
A 62-year-old woman was walking outside her home with her husband after drinking tea on Thursday night when the building was attacked. Her husband died in hospital hours later from internal bleeding.
“The Russians took the two most precious people from me,” said her daughter, Lilia Kristenko, 38, who watched in horror on Friday when the responders finally arrived to carry her mother to the morgue. ) said as he cradled the cat in his coat.
“They lived very well. They lived differently,” she told The Associated Press. “But they died in one day.”
A barrage of missiles hit the recently liberated city of Kherson on Friday for the second day since Russia withdrew from the city two weeks ago after an eight-month occupation. That’s because Russia stepped up its bombing of Ukraine’s power grid and other critical civilian infrastructure to tighten its grip on Kyiv. Officials estimate that about 50% of Ukraine’s energy installations were damaged in the recent strikes.
Ukraine’s Kherson governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said on Friday that Russian artillery fire had killed 10 civilians and wounded 54 the day before, leaving two areas of the city of Kherson “exposed to massive artillery fire”. .
Soldiers in the area had warned that Kherson would face intensifying attacks as Russian forces penetrated across the Dnieper.
Strikes hit residential and commercial buildings, injuring scores of people, setting some on fire, blowing ash into the air, and shattering glass littering the streets. The attacks wreaked havoc on some previously unattacked residential areas in the civil war, which is just entering its 10th month.
After Krystenko’s parents were attacked, she tried to call an ambulance, but there was no phone network. Told.
He was eventually taken to hospital by ambulance, but died during surgery.
On Friday morning, people sifted through what was left of the destroyed homes and shops. Food containers lined the floor of the shattered butcher shop, and customers lined up in the coffee shop across the street. Residents said four people had died the night before.
“I don’t even know what to say.
Later in the day, the woman was killed, most likely after a rocket hit a nearby meadow. Her motionless body lay by the roadside. Violence is exacerbating what has become a dire humanitarian crisis. When the Russians withdrew, critical infrastructure was destroyed, leaving people with little access to water and electricity.
People are desperate and trying to find salvation among the wreckage. Outside a badly damaged apartment building, residents filled buckets with water and pooled it on the ground. Morgue workers used puddles to clean their bloody hands.
Valerii Parkhomenko parked his car and entered a coffee shop when a rocket destroyed his car.
“We were all huddled on the floor inside,” he said, showing the ashes on his hands. “I feel terrible. My car is broken. I need this car for work to support my family,” he said.
Outside the bombed-out apartments, residents picked up debris and frantically searched for relatives while paramedics helped the wounded.
Ivan Mashkalinetz, a man in his early 20s who was at home with his mother when his next-door apartment was raided, said: “I think this is very bad. Every country should do something about this. I think we need to because it’s not normal,” he said.
“There’s no army, no soldiers. It’s just people living here and they’re firing (still),” he said.
Kherson’s population has declined from pre-war levels of nearly 300,000 to about 80,000. The government says it will help people evacuate if they want, but many say they have nowhere to go.
“There are no jobs (elsewhere), there are no jobs here,” said Ihor Novak, standing in the street examining the aftermath of the shelling. “For now, the Ukrainian army is here and I hope it will be safer with them.”