War in Ukraine: Russia strikes a blood transfusion facility, according to Zelensky


A Russian guided air bomb has struck a blood transfusion center in north-eastern Ukraine, killing and injuring people, according to Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Rescuers are now tackling a blaze after the strike on the Kupiansk community in the Kharkiv region. Zelensky described the perpetrators as "beasts" seeking to destroy everything that allows to live, stating that this was crime alone. The attack was part of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launched in February 2022. The city of Kupiansk and nearby settlements were seized by Russian troops in the first few days of Moscow's full-scale invasion. On Saturday, Russia carried out a missile attack on an aeronautical company run by group Motor Sich in the western Khmelnytskyi region. The strikes come after Moscow accused Ukraine of hitting a Russian tanker with 11 crew members in the Black Sea, the second such sea drone attack in as many days. Russian maritime officials said the engine room of the Sig tanker was damaged in the attack in the Kerch Strait, but no-one was injured. Ukraine has not publicly commented on the incident, but a Ukrainian security service source told the BBC that a sea drone had been used.


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