A crater left by a Russian missile strike amid destruction in Vilniansk in southern Ukraine, June 29, 2024


Saturday’s Coverage: Russia’s Latest Killing in Dnipro


Map: Institute for the Study of War


Russia’s attacks killed another 12 civilians, including three children, in south and east Ukraine on Saturday.

In the Zaporizhzhia region in the south, the children were among seven fatalities from two Russian missiles fired on the town of Vilniansk. At least 31 people, including eight children, were injured.

A critical infrastructure facility, a store, and residential buildings were damaged. Commercial premises, houses and vehicles were set on fire.

Governor Ivan Fedorov said “another dreadful terrorist act against the civilian population” occurred “in broad daylight on a weekend in a place where people were spending their leisure time downtown. Without any military infrastructure.”

Vilniansk had a pre-invasion population of almost 15,000. It is around 30 km (18 miles) from Zaporizhzhia city, in a region partly occupied by the Russians.

In the Donetsk region in the east, four civilians were slain. Three were in Zarichne and the other in the village of Niu-York, a village close to the frontline and under Russian or Russian-supported attack since 2014.

In the Kherson region in the south, a 67-year-man was killed by a drone strikes and two elderly people were injured in other attacks.

Several residents are still missing in Dnipro in south-central Ukraine after at least one person was killed and 12 wounded, including a seven-month-old girl, in Friday’s Russian strike on an apartment block. A mother and son, who had been reported missing, were found alive and well: they were not home at the time of the 10 p.m. attack.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reiterated:

Our cities and communities suffer from such Russian strikes every day. But there are ways to overcome this — by destroying the terrorists where they are, eliminating Russian missile launchers, hitting them with long-range weapons, and increasing the number of modern air defense systems in Ukraine.