Day 562: Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih kills one, injures 60 others

A Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih kills one and injures at least 60 others. The pace of Ukraine’s counteroffensive is “faster than the new sanctions packages,” Zelenskyi says. The first 10 Leopard 1 tanks donated by three countries have arrived in Ukraine.

Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih kills one, injures 60 others

A Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih on Friday, September 8, destroyed a police administration building, killing one policeman and injuring at least 60 other people. 

According to preliminary reports, Russia struck the city with an Iskander-K cruise missile, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force Command Colonel Yuriy Ihnat said. Russia strikes near-front areas from short distances so that it’s not always possible to issue an air-raid alert before the explosions, he said. 

Friday’s attack also damaged 14 administrative buildings, 17 apartment buildings, four private houses and around 40 cars.

Pace of Ukraine’s counteroffensive is faster than that of new sanctions against Russia, President Zelenskyi says

A faster supply of advanced weapons to Ukraine will result in a faster pace of the counteroffensive and liberation of Ukraine’s occupied territory, President Zelenskyi said.

Responding to a question during the 18th Yalta European Strategy meeting, Zelenskyi said he understands the common aspiration for Ukraine to restore its territorial integrity as soon as possible. Peace and calm will settle in Ukraine and in all of Europe when Ukraine gets its territory back, he said. Russia’s war in Ukraine is complex and slows down a lot of processes. 

Ukraine needs more of advanced weapons, including modern fighter jets, to accelerate its counteroffensive, Zelenskyi said.

“The war is slowing down, we recognize that. All processes become more complicated and slow: from sanctions to the supply of weapons,” he added.

“When some partners say: so what about the counteroffensive, when will the next step be? My answer: today, our steps are certainly faster than the new sanctions packages,” Zelenskyi said.

First 10 Leopard 1 tanks donated by three countries arrive in Ukraine

The first 10 Leopard 1 tanks donated by Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have arrived in Ukraine, Denmark’s armed forces said on Friday.

“The first 10 tanks have been sent to Ukraine. And more are on the way,” the Danish armed forces said in a statement. Danish troops in Germany are training Ukrainian forces to use the vehicles, the army added.

“I have no doubt that it will help them win the defence battle they are fighting right now,” army commander Gunner Arpe Nielsen said in the statement.

Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands announced in February that they would donate 100 of the German-made tanks in the “coming months”.

Re-assessing the history: Donetsk Oblast and Mariupol. Ukraine in Flames #504

In this episode we address various aspects of Mariupol’s history and its significance with our guest speakers. The speakers explore topics such as the city’s foundation, the challenges in dating cities on the steppe frontier, the rebranding of the Donetsk region, and the considerations for choosing a date to celebrate Mariupol Day. They provide historical insights and differing perspectives on Mariupol’s origins, emphasizing its connection to Ukrainian Cossack traditions and its importance in the context of the modern Russian-Ukrainian war. Take a watch of Ukraine in Flames episode #504 to learn more


  • Ivan Stychynskyi. PhD in History, Chief Specialist of the Department of Analysis of Totalitarian Regimes at the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory
  • Viktor Brekhunenko, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the M.S. Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeology and Source Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 
  • Serhiy Kutniakov, Chairman of the Board of the Defense Fund of Ukraine and the NGO “Country of Success”, editor of the Scientific Center “MANU”, researcher of the Cossacks
  • Vadym Zadunaysky, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University 
  • Vadym Melnyk, local historian of Mariupol, administrator of the fb-group “Mariupol Historical”