Kyiv (Reuters) – Russian forces fired multiple rocket launchers at the regional administration building in the central square of the recently liberated southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, a senior Ukrainian official said.
Ukraine recaptured Kherson from Russian forces on November 11, sparking days of celebrations in the square that President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited days later to hail the end of Russian occupation.
Russian forces have been shelling Kherson from the opposite side of the Dnipro River since they abandoned the city and withdrew from the western bank of the river.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Zelenskiy’s office, said two floors of the building were damaged, but no one was hurt.
He posted images on the Telegram messaging app showing rubble next to the building and the ceiling of an interior hallway that had collapsed, toppling rubble. Some windows appeared to have been broken, though the building’s fabric appeared intact.
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An unconfirmed video circulating on Telegram shows a huge plume of smoke rising from the top of the administration building.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Dan Peleschuk; Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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