Ukraine city of Mykolaiv facing air raids, local official says

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A cloud of smoke rises after an explosion in Lviv on Friday. (AP pic)

AFP

KYIV: Russian air raids on Mykolaiv were taking place in quick succession Saturday, a regional official said, a day after a deadly strike on a military barracks in the southern Ukrainian city.

Vitaly Kim, head of the regional administration, said there wasn’t even enough time to raise the alarm over the raids “because by the time we announce this tornado, it’s already there”.

“The (alert) message and the bombings arrive at the same time,” he said on social media.

He gave no details about the extent of the damage or on any possible victims.

Dozens of soldiers were killed after Russian troops struck the military barracks in Mykolaiv early Friday, witnesses told AFP on Saturday, as a rescue operation was underway.

Authorities have not yet released an official death toll.

Ukrainian authorities say that Mykolaiv, which they describe as being a “shield” to the key strategic military port of Odessa, some 130km further west, is resisting Russian attacks and pushing back the invaders’ assaults.