Russian shelling has pounded the frontline region of Kherson in southern Ukraine, killing two civilians, hurting at least eight others and hitting a bus, a critical infrastructure facility and cemetery, local authorities say.
“As of now, we know about seven victims as a result of the shelling of a (bus) in Kherson. Two men and five women,” regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on Telegram messenger, adding that some of them had sustained severe injuries.
The bus had been at a crossroads when a shell exploded nearby, local prosecutors said.
Images published by local officials online showed the floor of a badly-damaged bus covered in shards of glass and blood.
“Residential buildings, power lines and vehicles were also damaged,” the prosecutors said on Telegram.
Prokudin said Russia also attacked an unspecified critical infrastructure facility in the region, leaving the residents of four small settlements without electricity.
The vast Dnipro river runs through Kherson region and Russian troops control the territory on the eastern bank of it.
The city of Kherson and Ukrainian-held areas on the western bank come under regular Russian shelling.
A cemetery in the region’s village of Kindiyka also came under fire, killing one person and injuring a 62-year-old man, Prokudin said.
The city of Kherson also came under heavy overnight shelling, which killed an 85-year-old woman, Roman Mrochko, head of the city’s military administration, said on Telegram.
“In the central district of the city, high-rise buildings and one of the social institutions were hit,” Mrochko added.
He said the attack caused a fire and injured a resident, posting a video showing scorched rooms with collapsed walls and ceilings, shattered windows and piles of construction waste.
In a separate morning missile strike an administrative building and equipment in a shipyard in the Black Sea region of Odesa were also hit, local prosecutors said, adding that four workers had been injured.
Images showed a blast crater, buildings with shattered windows and two destroyed vehicles.
The attacks followed attempted Russian drone strikes on southern, central and northern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s military said air defences destroyed all 12 drones and two missiles launched against the Mykolaiv, Kherson, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi and Dnipro regions.
There was no immediate comment on the strikes from Russia, which launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and controls about 20 per cent of Ukrainian territory in the east and south.
The Crimean home owned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s family has been auctioned off by the occupying Russian authorities, the Russian state news agency TASS reported on Monday.
The 120-square metre apartment in the luxury resort of Yalta on the south of the peninsula went for 44.3 million roubles ($A753,000), almost twice the starting bid.
There were only two bidders.
The official previous owner was Zelenskiy’s wife Olena, who bought it in 2013, a year before Russia seized the peninsula.
At the time, Zelenskiy was still working as an actor.
The apartment has three rooms with a view out over the Black Sea and of the Livadia Palace, the summer residence of Nicholas II, Russia’s last czar.
It was expropriated earlier this year following a change in the law passed unanimously by the Crimean parliament.
Some of the proceeds are to be used for Russia’s war against Ukraine, according to reports.
The buyer, Olga Lipovetskaya, told the Mash news portal she had bought the property for its location and Crimea’s climate, not on account of its history.