According to Ukrainian sources, 30 people were killed in a rocket attack on a civilian car convoy in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia on Friday. Another 88 people were injured, the police said. The governor of the Zaporizhia regional administration, Olexander Starukh, blamed Russian troops for the attack. The information cannot be verified independently.
The convoy was shot at as it was leaving the city to enter the area occupied by Russian troops. People would have wanted to pick up relatives there and bring help. Rescue workers and paramedics are on site, Staruch said.
On the other hand, the head of the Russian occupation administration for the Zaporizhia region, Vladimir Rogov, accused Ukrainian troops of shelling the convoy on his Telegram channel. According to Rogov, 23 people were killed and 34 injured trying to enter Russian-controlled territory.
Zaporizhia Oblast is one of four oblasts officially annexed by Russia on Friday afternoon, along with Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk. So far, Russian troops have occupied around 70 percent of the region - but not the regional capital Zaporizhia itself.
Telegram-Channel Staruch (ukr.) Telegram-Channel Rogow (Russ.)