A 6-year-old child is among the victims of a Russian strike on a Ukrainian village that killed more than 50 people. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared pictures of the incident on his Telegram account, calling it a “terrorist attack” on a grocery store and a “demonstrably brutal Russian crime.”
The attack occurred in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine and its governor Oleh Synehubov said it deliberately targeted a supermarket with an adjoining café at around 1.15 pm, its busiest period of the day.
As the war rages on, Russia has launched a fresh offensive in Ukraine with bloody battles breaking out along the front line at Avdiivka. Ukrainian troops fought back against a Russian surge in the region as battalions launched a ground offensive on October 9 at Avdiivka, as well as Keramika, Ocheretyne, Berdychiv, Stepove, Lastochkyne, Tonenke, and Pervomaiske in Donetsk. By the morning of October 10, the ground invasion was joined by air strikes that began in the early morning.
During the same period of October 9 – 10, the Ukrainian Air Force struck 11 key Russian bases with a high concentration of soldiers and weaponry.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Kyrgyzstan in his first venture out of Russia since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for his arrest in March. He is said to be taking the trip on “the invitation of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sadyr Japarov.”
Volodymyr Zelensky is simultaneously visiting Brussels to meet with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to ask for more military aid, with a specific request for long-range missiles. Speaking to reporters in the EU capital, President Zelensky asked, “It’s important there are long-distance missiles, or long-distance weapons … The problem: How to get it?”
Some NATO members are reluctant to provide Ukraine with such armaments, fearing they will be used to attack Russian territory and cause the war to escalate further.