It has been reported that up to 14 people who have perished when up to seven Russian missiles had struck the industrial town of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine.
The deadly missiles had also struck before dawn on Thursday with three of them landing just a bit oft the town centre, just a bit like 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the artillery battles of the southern front.
“Sad news keeps coming to us from the analysis of the buildings hit during the attack,” said Anatoly Kurtev via Telegram.
“For now the number of dead has gone up to 14.”
The first official toll from the missile strikes had been one dead and seven wounded. The emergency services lifted the toll to 11 dead on Friday and a five-story residential building on the main street had been almost razed to the ground.
President Volodymyr Zelensky lashed out on Telegram saying Zaporizhzhia “is subjected to massive rocket attacks every day … (it’s a) deliberate crime”.
The Ukrainian-controlled city is located in the eponymous Zaporizhzhia region, also home to the Russian-occupied nuclear plant that has been the site of heavy shelling.
Reports have revealed that some of the presidents of some of the nine NATO countries which are located in the central and eastern Europe had declared on Sunday they would never recognise the recent annexation by Russia of Ukrainian territory.
Their reaction is also coming two days after the Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed some of the treaty documents to annex four Moscow-occupied regions of Ukraine — Donetsk, Kherson, Lugansk, and Zaporizhzhia — following “referendums” the West has dismissed as “sham”.
The presidents issued a joint statement saying they could not “stay silent in the face of the blatant violation of international law by the Russian Federation over the annexation”.