Russian missile strikes on the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson on Saturday killed seven people and injured at least 58, according to officials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted photos of the wreckage on social media after returning from a trip to Washington, where he secured another $1.85 billion in military aid and thanked America for helping fund the war effort, in his first trip outside his country since Russia invaded in February.
“It’s terror, it’s killing for the sake of intimidation and pleasure,” Zelensky wrote alongside photos of war-torn Kherson Saturday. “The world must see what absolute evil we are fighting against.”
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Zelensky’s office, said that 16 civilians were seriously injured in the shelling of Kherson, which was liberated last month after a months-long Russian occupation.
“Barbaric shelling of Kherson by Russian terrorists is not only another war crime, but also revenge on its residents who resisted the occupation and proved to the whole world that Kherson is Ukraine,” Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov posted on Twitter.
Meanwhile, at least two people were killed and five others were injured in missile strikes in Kurakhove, in the country’s east, according to Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Russia has bolstered its forces with tens of thousands of reservists, according to British intelligence, but Moscow is running low on ammunition, limiting its long-range missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure to once a week.
“A vulnerability of Russia’s current operational design is that even just sustaining defensive operations along its lengthy front line requires a significant daily expenditure of shells and rockets,” The UK Ministry of Defence wrote in an intelligence update.
The announcement came just a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his country’s defense industry to keep improving and producing weapons during a visit to Tula, a center for arms manufacturing.