Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily address on Saturday urged Ukrainians to develop “a kind of emotional sovereignty” over the propaganda and propaganda distributed by Russia and others in various media about Ukraine.
“We do not depend on what the enemy constantly attacks against you and me,” said Zelensky.
He added that the Ukrainian people “should have the power to consciously decipher any information, any message, no matter where they came from …
“Sometimes media weapons can do more than conventional weapons,” Zelensky said. “Ukrainian unity cannot be broken by lies or threats, fake information or conspiracy theories.”
Russian and Ukrainian armies exchanged artillery fire in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region on Saturday. Earlier, Russian cruise missiles exploded in several cities and towns in Ukraine and caused damage to residential buildings.
Governor Valentin Reznichenko on Telegram said workers cleaned up the area within the central city of Dnipro, where officials said three people were killed and 15 others injured in the missile attack. Ukraine’s air force said it intercepted four additional missiles fired at the city.
In the northeastern region around Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, Governor Oleg Sinegubov said an overnight Russian missile attack killed three people in the city of Chuguiv.
In the central Ukraine city of Vinnitsa, officials said the death toll in Russian attacks rose to 24 after a woman died in a hospital on Saturday. Ukraine said three children were among the dead.
The latest fighting comes as Russia’s defense minister instructed its troops operating in Ukraine to “further intensify” their military operations. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the move was to prevent attacks on eastern Ukraine and other areas controlled by Russia, in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
The statement said that Shoigu “given the necessary instructions to further enhance the actions of the groups in all operational areas in order to ensure that the Kyiv regime launched large-scale rocket and artillery attacks on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in the Donbass and other areas.” possibility to be ruled out.”
In other developments, Ukraine’s Atomic Energy Agency accused Russia of using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant for weapons storage and shelling the areas around Nikopol and Dnipro, which were affected on Saturday.
Petro Kotin, chairman of Ukraine’s nuclear agency Energoatom, described the situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant as “extremely tense”, with more than 500 Russian troops controlling the plant.
The plant in southeast Ukraine has been under Russian control since the early weeks of the Moscow invasion, although it is still operated by Ukrainian employees.
The report came after US officials disclosed photographic intelligence that claimed Iran was preparing to provide several hundred weapons-capable unmanned drones to Russia. Unmanned aerial drones can be used in combat in Ukraine.
US and Ukrainian officials say US rocket systems provided to Ukraine are having a major impact on the fight against Russia, helping Ukrainian forces intercept Russian forces in the Donbass region.
It comes as thousands of people have fled the area since the war began in late February, with civilian areas under attack. Russia denies targeting civilians in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden described Russia’s war in Ukraine as an example of “attempts to undermine the rules-based order”. Biden’s remarks came during a bilateral meeting with leaders in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Despite the fighting, both sides have indicated progress towards an agreement to end the Ukrainian grain blockade.
Turkey, which is mediating the efforts, says a deal could be signed this week.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said a final document had been prepared and was to be completed “in the shortest possible time”, according to the Associated Press.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that Russia and Ukraine have a “comprehensive agreement” on a deal with Turkey and the United Nations to export millions of tons of Ukrainian grain stuck in silos since Russia’s invasion on February 24. .
More than 20 million tons of Ukrainian grain are being stored in silos at the Black Sea port of Odessa, and dozens of ships are stranded because of a Russian blockade. Turkey said it has 20 merchant ships waiting in the region that can be quickly loaded and shipped to world markets.
VOA national security correspondent Jeff Seldin contributed to this story. Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.