Russian troops are managing to “raise real hell” in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, despite reports that they are taking an operational pause, the region’s governor said Saturday.

Another Ukrainian official urged people from the southern regions occupied by Russia to evacuate quickly “by all possible means” on the eve of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Deadly shelling from Russia in the east and south of Ukraine has been reported.

This was announced by the governor of the eastern Luhansk region, Siarhei Gaidai Russia During the night, it launched more than 20 artillery, mortar and rocket attacks on the province and headed for the border with the Donetsk region.

“We are trying to contain the armed formations of the Russians along the entire front line,” Haydai wrote in Telegram.

Last week, Russia captured the last major stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk, the town of Lisichansk. Analysts predicted that Moscow’s forces would likely need some time to rearm and regroup.

But until now there was no operational pause announced by the enemy. He is still attacking and shelling our lands with the same intensity as before,” Haidai said.

Lena, 58, reacts near her dog Hera, who was seriously injured in a Russian military strike, as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine in Konstantinovka today

Today, a firefighter put out a house that was on fire after cluster rockets hit a residential area in Konstantinovka, eastern Ukraine.

Today, a firefighter put out a house that was on fire after cluster rockets hit a residential area in Konstantinovka, eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian investigators are working today near residential buildings in Kharkiv that were destroyed by a rocket attack

Ukrainian investigators are working today near residential buildings in Kharkiv that were destroyed by a rocket attack

Ukrainian soldiers from the 14th mechanized brigade, commander Andrey, driver and mechanic Ivan and gunner Maksim, sit on a T-72 tank today on the front line, in the countryside near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers from the 14th mechanized brigade, commander Andrey, driver and mechanic Ivan and gunner Maksim, sit on a T-72 tank today on the front line, in the countryside near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine

In a subsequent post, he said that Russian bombing of Luhansk had been suspended because Ukrainian forces had destroyed ammunition depots and barracks used by the Russians.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Iryna Verashchuk, appealed to the residents of the Russian-controlled territories in the south to evacuate, so that the occupying forces could not use them as human shields during the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

“You need to find a way to leave because our armed forces are going for de-occupation,” she said. “There will be a massive fight. I don’t want to scare anyone. And that’s how everyone understands it.”

Speaking at a press conference on Friday evening, Verashchuk said that the evacuation of the civilian population continues in parts of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. She declined to provide details, citing security concerns.

It was not clear how civilians are expected to leave Russian-held areas safely, while rocket and artillery fire continues in the surrounding areas, or whether they will be allowed to leave or even hear the government’s call.

The death toll in the war continued to rise.

Five people were killed and eight others were injured on Friday as a result of Russia’s shelling of Siversk and Semigorya of the Donetsk region, governor Pavlo Kirilenko wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday.

In the town of Slavyansk, named as the likely next target of the Russian offensive, rescuers said they pulled a 40-year-old man from the rubble of a building destroyed by shelling on Saturday. Kirilenko said that several people are under the debris.

Russian rockets also killed two people and wounded three more in the southern city of Kryvyi Rih on Saturday, according to regional authorities.

A Mi-24 attack helicopter flies over a field near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine today

A Mi-24 attack helicopter flies over a field near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine today

Today, the Ukrainian military unloads two British FV103 Spartan armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the countryside near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine

Today, the Ukrainian military unloads two British FV103 Spartan armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the countryside near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine

Today, a BM-21 Grad rocket launcher on a road in the countryside near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine

Today, a BM-21 Grad rocket launcher on a road in the countryside near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine

“They hit residential areas on purpose,” the governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovs’k region, Valentin Reznichenko, said in Telegram. The mayor of Kryvyi Rih, Alexander Vilkul, announced on Facebook about the use of cluster munitions and urged residents not to approach unfamiliar objects on the streets.

In northeastern Ukraine, a Russian missile hit the center of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, on Saturday, injuring six people, including a 12-year-old girl, authorities said.

“It is likely that an Iskander ballistic missile was used in the attack,” the prosecutor’s office of the Kharkiv region said. “One of the rockets hit a two-story building, which led to its destruction. Neighboring houses were damaged.”

The city has been targeted throughout the war, including several times in the past week. While survivor Valentina Mirgoradskaya was wiping a cut on her cheek, emergency workers cautiously inspected the building destroyed during Saturday’s attack.

“I don’t know,” said Mirgorodskaya. “I just don’t know.”

The mayor of Mykolaiv, Alyaksandr Siankevich, reported in Telegram that six Russian missiles were fired at his city in southern Ukraine, near the Black Sea, but there were no casualties.

Today, rescuers are sorting through the rubble of an apartment building after a Russian missile hit an apartment building in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine

Today, rescuers are sorting through the rubble of an apartment building after a Russian missile hit an apartment building in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine

Local resident Vladimir, 64, walks near his burning home after a Russian military strike as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, today in Konstantinovka, Ukraine

Local resident Vladimir, 64, walks near his burning home after a Russian military strike as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, today in Konstantinovka, Ukraine

Russian Defense Ministry officials said on Saturday that their forces destroyed a hangar with American howitzers in Ukraine, near the city of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. There was no immediate response from Ukraine.

In addition, the national police of Ukraine announced that they are opening a criminal case regarding the alleged destruction of crops by the Russian military in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine.

In a Telegram message, he accused Russian troops of preventing residents from putting out fires in the fields and otherwise sabotaging the harvest.

“Due to constant shelling, it is extremely difficult to put out (field) fires in the de-occupied territories, and the Russians deliberately do not allow fires to be put out in the occupied lands,” the police said.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that Russian forces in Ukraine are now armed with “obsolete or inadequate equipment”, including MT-LB armored vehicles removed from long-term storage. The MT-LB entered service with the Soviet armed forces in the 1950s and does not provide the same protection as modern armored vehicles. The Russians also brought Cold War tanks out of storage.

“While MT-LBS have previously been in service in support roles on both sides, Russia has long considered them unsuitable for most front-line infantry transport functions,” the British ministry said on Twitter.

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