A Russian strike on the newly recaptured city of Kherson killed at least 10 people and wounded 58, leaving bloody corpses lying on the road in what Kyiv said was a premeditated murder for fun, authorities said.

But a pro-Moscow official said Ukrainian forces launched the attack in an attempt to blame the Russian military.

After a trip to the United States to seek more weapons to resist Russia’s 10-month-old invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted pictures of streets strewn with burning cars, smashed windows and corpses.

“Social networks will most likely flag this footage as ‘sensitive content’,” he wrote, but this isn’t sensitive content, but the real life of Ukraine and Ukrainians”.

“These are not military installations… This is terrorism and killing for the sake of intimidation and fun,” he added.

Russia controls most of the Kherson region.

Ukraine’s Interfax news agency quoted Kyiv-appointed governor of the Kherson region, Yaroslav Yanushevich, as telling national television that the death toll had risen to 10.

Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-appointed governor of the region, said Kyiv had ordered troops to bomb the city.

“This is a disgusting provocation with the clear aim of holding the Russian Armed Forces accountable,” he wrote on Telegram.

Yury Sobolevsky, deputy head of the regional council, said a missile landed near a supermarket next to the city’s Freedom Square.

Ukraine retook the city in November, and it is the only regional capital Russia has occupied since the start of its invasion on February 24.

Since then, Kyiv says Russian forces have been shelling the city extensively across the Dnipro River.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, assistant to the Ukrainian president, said the attack came from a Grad rocket launcher.

Mykhailo Podolyak, another aide to the president, criticized those calling for Kyiv to seek peace talks with Russia, pointing to Moscow’s relentless bombing of Ukraine’s power grid since October that has left millions without water or heat.

“I will mention those who propose to take into account Russian peace overtures: Right now, Russia is negotiating, killing the people of Kherson, wiping out Bakhmut and destroying the Kyiv/Odessa (electricity) networks and torturing civilians in Melitopol,” Podolyak wrote.

“Russia wants to kill with impunity… Shall we allow that?

Yanushevich posted a message from the Kherson Blood Bank calling for an urgent donation.

Kyiv is still recovering from Monday’s wave of missile strikes that cut off half of the city’s power supply until the next day, according to the Ukrainian prime minister.

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