Ukraine continues to suffer from missile attacks from Russia. Air strikes have been harming civilians and infrastructure since Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the strike after the Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea to Russia, was attacked.
Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, but is internationally recognized by most countries as a region of Ukraine, according to The Washington Post.
The Russian president blamed the bridge attack on Ukraine, calling it an “act of terrorism.” The attacks have killed more than 20 civilians, according to The New York Times, and have destroyed playgrounds and damaged power systems and other infrastructure.
On Tuesday, the United Nations said Russia had appeared to be targeting civilians, and G7 world leaders vowed to increase sanctions on Russia and provide support for Ukraine.
Here’s what’s happening now.
At a glance:
- Missile strikes continue — seven killed in a market from a Russian strike.
- Eight people detained by Russia for the Crimea Bridge attack.
- NATO members meet in Brussels and supply more air defenses.
- Pope Francis speaks out against the bombings.
- Bodies are exhumed from a mass grave in Lyman, Ukraine.
Missile attacks continue in Ukraine, more people killed
Missile strikes continue in Ukraine for the third day. The continued attacks have prevented repairs of previous damage to water and energy systems, according to CNBC.
CNN reports that at least seven people have been killed in a Russian strike to a central market in Avdiivka. Eight people were injured.
“There is no military logic in such a shelling — only an unbridled desire to kill as many of our people as possible and intimidate others,” Donetsk Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said, per The Guardian.
According to the Twitter page for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the strikes on Wednesday damaged apartment buildings, homes, businesses and schools.
Eight detained by Russian authorities for the Crimea bridge attack
According to The New York Times, Russian authorities announced Wednesday that they have arrested eight people who are connected to the Crimea bridge bombing. Five of the arrested are citizens of Russia and the other three are citizens of Ukraine and Armenia.
Russia claims the attack was planned by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, per CNN. A Ukrainian official said that this investigation into the attack is “nonsense” and those investigating are “fake structures that serve the Putin regime,” according to The Guardian.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but has been accused of perpetrating the attack by Putin.
NATO members meet in Brussels to discuss Ukraine defense systems
A meeting in Brussels was held on Wednesday to discuss Ukraine and providing air defense systems to the country. According to CNN, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, announced on Tuesday a need for an increased supply of air defense systems.
Pope Francis speaks out against the bombings
The Pope spoke out Wednesday against the attacks on Ukraine. The pope called the strikes “relentless bombings,” according to Reuters. He voiced his support and sympathy for the Ukrainian people.
Bodies are exhumed from a mass grave in Lyman, Ukraine
Reuters reports that preliminary results of the bodies found the cause of death was from “explosive and projectile injuries, bullet injuries.”