Bardella widens the gap further, after the debate with Gabriel Attal

Bardella widens the gap further, after the debate with Gabriel Attal
Bardella widens the gap further, after the debate with Gabriel Attal

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Ukraine: death toll rises after Russian strike on Kharkiv hypermarket

The death toll from the Russian strike on a DIY hypermarket in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, rose to 12 dead on Sunday, the day after this attack described as “despicable” by the Ukrainian president. Twelve people were killed and 43 injured in the attack, according to a new report communicated by Interior Minister Igor Klymenko. In addition, 16 people are missing, added Mr. Klymenko. A previous report showed eleven deaths. “For them (the Russians), it is a pleasure to burn. We all know who we are dealing with. Russia is governed by people who want it to be a norm to burn. lives, destroying cities and villages, dividing peoples and erasing national borders through war,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday. According to the Interior Minister, “biological samples were taken out of 10 citizens and their relatives who have already contacted the police Three of the victims have been identified. The identification of the (other) bodies is in progress. Mr. Klymenko stressed that it had “taken more than 16 hours to extinguish the fire in the hypermarket (…) caused by targeted Russian strikes”. Images broadcast on Ukrainian social networks showed the building of the Epitsentr hypermarket with its gutted roof from which a huge column of black smoke was escaping, the firefighters dousing the fire started by the strikes with water. According to firefighters, the fire, which was contained, burned 10,000 square meters. Lioubov, a cleaner at the hypermarket, recounted how she fled the store. “It happened suddenly. At first we didn’t “We didn’t understand, everything went black and everything started to fall on our heads,” she said. “Luckily my phone lit up, thanks to its torch I found where I was, but in front of us everything was already burning.” The Epitsentr hypermarket chain sells household appliances and DIY products. The Russian state agency TASS cited a Russian security Source who claimed that a missile strike had destroyed a “military warehouse and a command post” in the building. “Only madmen like Putin are capable of killing and terrorizing people in such a despicable way,” blasted Mr. Zelensky, attacking the Russian president who ordered his troops to attack Ukraine in February 2022. French President Emmanuel Macron deemed this Russian strike “unacceptable”. “France shares the Ukrainians’ pain and remains fully mobilized alongside them,” the head of state wrote on X, deploring the “numerous victims, children, women, men,” “families.” Anti-aircraft defense -For his part, the Ukrainian air force commander, Mykola Oleshchuk, reported on Sunday a Russian night missile and air attack “using 14 air missiles and more than three dozens of attack drones”, adding that “(Russian) aerial targets were destroyed in several regions, notably in Odessa. On Saturday evening, another strike hit the center of Kharkiv, injuring 18 people in one area where there is a post office, a hairdresser and a cafe, according to its mayor Igor Terekhov. The Ukrainian president has once again called on his Western allies to provide more air defense systems to his country.”If Ukraine had sufficient air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian strikes would have been impossible,” he argued. “Every day we appeal to the world: give us air defense, save people.”Kharkiv, which had a population of 1.5 million before the war and is located near the Russian border in the northeast of Ukraine, is regularly targeted by Moscow’s forces, who also launched a land offensive in the region on May 10. This offensive allowed them to seize several localities and force kyiv to dispatch reinforcements to the region. sector. Ukraine, however, assured Friday that this assault had been “stopped”. Russian forces also launched other attacks on Saturday in the region. They bombed the village of Kupiansk-Vouzlovyi, a railway junction in the nearby Kharkiv region. border, injuring five people, the regional prosecutor’s office announced. In the same region, Russia shelled the Kupiansk district, damaging a factory and residential buildings, according to the prosecutor’s office. ‘East, in the Donetsk region, a bombing killed a 40-year-old woman on Saturday and injured four people, according to regional governor Vadim Filachkine. In Russia, the governor of the Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, said Saturday that two people had been killed there in a Ukrainian bombing.bur/pop-am/ib/tmt/sba/bpi

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