Ukrainian forces found a Russian hard drive containing 100 gigabytes of military data, most of which was marked “classified”, including details of Russian military equipment and exercises, the Kyiv Independent reported Saturday.
The drive was discovered in Chernihiv Oblast, a northern district that borders Belarus and was an early invasion point for the Russian military. It also contains detailed plans for a Russian air artillery division and other official documents.
The find came as Russian missiles continued to hit cities across Ukraine.
Explosions were heard in the southern city of Mykolaiv on Saturday, the 128th day since the invasion.
“There are powerful explosions in the city! Stay in the shelters! Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said in a post on the social media app Telegram. Russian forces said they targeted army command posts in the area with high-precision weapons and also hit targets in the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine and the city of Kharkiv in the eastern region, about 80 km from the Russian border.
Russian forces also pounded the city of Lysychansk, the last stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, provincial governor Serhiy Haidai said on Saturday.
“During the last day, the occupiers opened fire with all types of weapons available,” he said on Telegram, adding that Ukrainian forces were now fighting with the Russians for an oil refinery in the outskirts of the city.
Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk are the two provinces that make up the Donbass region, where Russia has focused its offensive since pulling out of northern Ukraine and the capital, Kyiv, in the spring.
Ukraine has accused Russia of deliberately hitting civilian targets away from frontline fighting as the bitter conflict continues.
The seaside village of Serhiivka, near Odessa on the Black Sea, announced it would have a day of mourning after a Russian missile strike flattened a nine-storey building on Friday, killing at least 21 people.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said three anti-ship missiles hit “an ordinary residential building, a nine-story building” housing about 160 people. Among the victims of Friday’s attack were also four members of a family staying at a “typical” seaside campsite, he said.
“I insist that this is deliberate direct Russian terror, not a mistake or an accidental missile strike,” Zelensky said.
The Kremlin has repeatedly claimed that it only targets fuel storage sites and military installations, not residential areas. Yet, missiles also recently hit an apartment building in Kyiv and a shopping center in the central city of Kremenchuk.
On Friday, Ukraine asked Turkey to detain a Russian-flagged freighter carrying Ukrainian grain from the busy port of Berdyansk. The Zhibek Zholy was loaded with more than 4900 tons of grain
With pole wires