December 24, 2022 Russia-Ukraine News

A firefighter extinguishes a burning shop after Russian shelling in Kherson on December 24.
A firefighter extinguishes a burning shop after Russian shelling in Kherson on December 24. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

At least ten people were killed and 55 injured in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson after Russian shelling hit the area on Saturday, Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the Kherson region’s military administration, said in a new update on the death toll.

Yanushevich called on residents of Kherson to donate blood to save the lives of those injured in the shelling.

He also said the Russians had “used Grad multiple launch missile systems to hit central Kherson” and 18 out of 55 people are currently in critical condition.

The head of the regional administration noted that there were no children among the victims of Saturday morning’s shelling.

At the same time, he reported that five people were killed and 17 injured as a result of Russian shelling on Friday.

“Among the injured is a six-year-old girl, the doctors fought for her life and managed to save her,” said Yanushevich. “But unfortunately the six-year-old girl lost her eye and ear. She has a broken leg. We will evacuate them to Kyiv.”

Yanushevich said shelling of the city continued throughout Saturday, particularly areas along the Dnipro River, and rescuers were prevented from carrying out their task of clearing the debris.

The areas along the Dnipro River like Hydropark, Antonivka and Navtohavan have neither heating nor electricity. Yanushevich said the people living in these areas are constantly under heavy fire and “need to be evacuated immediately”.

“It is almost impossible to restore the infrastructure in these areas,” Yanushevych said.

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