Russia expands attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure | DW News

The southern Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih faced rising water levels in the Inhulets River after Russia fired eight cruise missiles at local infrastructure. "Rockets were directed at hydraulic structures. This caused water level of (the) Inhulets river to increase, threatening the city," Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the interior minister, wrote on Twitter. “The terrorist state continues to wage a war against civilians. This time — missile strikes on hydraulic structures and an attempt to flood Kryvyi Rih,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram. He added that Russians want “to sow panic, create an emergency situation, try to leave people without light, heat, water and food,” but they won’t “break” Ukrainians. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's car was involved in an accident in Kyiv, according to officials, but he was not seriously hurt. "The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found," Zelenskyy's spokesperson Serhii Nykyforov said in a Facebook post. Nykyforov added that medics traveling with the president administered first aid to the driver of the other vehicle. He did not clarify exactly when the traffic accident occurred. Earlier, on Wednesday, Zelenskyy visited the city of Izyum days after it was liberated from Russian occupation. He participated in a ceremony to hoist the flag of Ukraine. Located in the northeastern province of Kharkiv, Izyum lies close to the contested region of Donetsk and had been a strategically key center for Russian ambitions in the area. Photos showed the president greeting soldiers who have been part of Ukraine's rapid counteroffensive that has pushed Russian forces out of several towns and cities. Russian President Vladimir Putin "unfortunately" does not seem to have realized yet that the decision to invade Ukraine is a mistake, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday, commenting on a 90-minute-long phone call with Putin on Tuesday. "Sadly, I cannot tell you that the impression has grown that it was a mistake to begin this war. And there was no indication that new attitudes are emerging," Scholz said. The exit of Russian troops from Ukraine was the only way for "peace to have a chance in the region," Scholz added. While Putin's positions did not appear to have shifted, the German chancellor said it was necessary to remain in conversation with the Russian leader. "It is right to speak with each other and to say what there is to say on this subject," Scholz said. Subscribe: For more news go to: Follow DW on social media: ►Facebook: ►Twitter: ►Instagram: ►Twitch: Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: #Ukraine #Russer #warinukraine


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