13 killed, 5 injured in Russian shelling in central Ukraine

13 killed, 5 injured in Russian shelling in central Ukraine

According to the head of the region's military administration, shelling by Russian forces killed 13 people and critically wounded five others in Ukraine's central Dnipropetrovsk region overnight.

Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Wednesday that the towns of Myrivska and Marhanets in the Nikopol district were hit by 80 rockets that landed in residential areas late Tuesday night.

Marhanets sits on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River from the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

More than 20 high-rise buildings, a cultural center, two schools, the city council building and several other administrative buildings were struck, Reznichenko said.

Several thousand people in Marhanets are without electricity, while up to a thousand people in Myrivska are without gas, according to Reznichenko. He wrote in the post that it was a tragic night.

Some context: Kyiv accused Russian forces of storing heavy weaponry in and launching attacks from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which they took over in early March. Moscow has claimed Ukrainian troops are targeting the complex. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described recent artillery and rocket fire in the area as suicide, adding to the fears of an accident at the plant, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.