A Russian missile struck a village cafe and store in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 51 civilians, including a 6-year-old boy, and injuring seven others. The attack occurred in the village of Hroza, which had been recaptured by Ukraine in September 2022 after being seized by Russia earlier in the war.
The strike was denounced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a “demonstrably brutal Russian crime” and “a completely deliberate act of terrorism.” Zelenskyy, attending a European summit in Spain, urged for more Western support to counter Russian aggression. He emphasized the need for stronger air defense, artillery, missiles, and drones to protect Europe from potential Russian aggression.
Ukraine’s air defenses intercepted 24 out of 29 Iranian-made drones launched by Russia in southern regions, preventing further attacks. Other Russian attacks resulted in casualties and damages in cities like Kherson and Krasnohorivka.