At least three people were killed and 15 wounded Friday in Russian shelling on the Ukrainian towns of Kramatorsk in the east and Zaporizhia in the south, according to initial counts by local authorities. Read FRANCE 24’s coverage of the day’s events as they unfold. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
8:44am: Two road bridges to Russian occupied territory in Kherson Oblast out of use, says UK
The two primary road bridges giving access to the pocket of Russian occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Kherson Oblast are now probably out of use for the purposes of substantial military resupply, British military intelligence said on Saturday.
Even if Russia manages to make significant repairs to the bridges, they will remain a key vulnerability, the UK’s Ministry of Defence said.
“Ground resupply for the several thousand Russian troops on the west bank is almost certainly reliant on just two pontoon ferry crossing points,” the ministry said in an intelligence update.
With their supply chain constrained, the size of any stockpiles Russia has managed to establish on the west bank is likely to be a key factor in the force’s endurance, according to the update.
11:04pm: S&P cuts Ukraine’s credit rating to ‘selective default’
S&P again lowered the credit rating on Ukraine on Friday, saying the war-torn country’s debt restructuring agreement was “tantamount to default.”
S&P cut Ukraine’s rating to “SD” for selective default from “CC/C,” noting that a majority of Eurobond holders had agreed to defer debt service payments by 24 months.
“Given the announced terms and conditions of the restructuring, and in line with our criteria, we view the transaction as distressed and tantamount to default,” S&P said.
9:49pm: Three civilians killed in Russian shelling in Kramatorsk and Zaporizhia
At least three people were killed and 15 wounded Friday in Russian shelling on the Ukrainian towns of Kramatorsk in the east and Zaporizhia in the south, local authorities said.
“New attack on Kramatorsk…two civilians dead and 13 wounded,” Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, said on Facebook.
“The bombardment has damaged at least 20 buildings and a fire has broken out,” he added, calling for remaining residents to evacuate.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)