Two Russian soldiers have died and dozens more have fallen ill after being apparently poisoned by stuffed buns given to them by Ukrainians near the city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian intelligence officials said.
Soldiers of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division were served delicacies by citizens of the city of Izium, Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate announced on Saturday.
“As a result, two invaders were killed at once, another 28 went to intensive care,” officials wrote in a Facebook post.
The conditions of the hospitalized soldiers were unclear.
The report came as another 500 soldiers fighting for Russian President Vladimir Putin were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning, Ukraine too. It is not known whether Russian troops obtained alcohol from Ukrainian citizens.
Russia called the incidents “non-combat casualties”, Ukrainian officials said.
Meanwhile, Russia launched strikes on the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Odessa on Sunday.
Oleh Synyehubov, the regional governor of Kharkiv, said Russian forces had launched more than 20 strikes on the city and its outskirts in the northeast of the country over the past day.
A missile strike on the town of Lozovo injured four people and Russian tanks shelled a hospital in the town of Balakliia, Synyehubov said.
On Sunday morning, Russian forces also launched an airstrike on the Black Sea port of Odessa in southern Ukraine. The Russian military said the targets were an oil processing plant and fuel depots around Odessa, which is the country’s largest port and home to its navy.
Ukrainian officials said they also found brutalized bodies of women, children and local officials in the small town of Bucha, near kyiv, as Russian troops retreated from the capital and its suburbs. Ukraine claimed that some of the women were raped and set on fire.
“There are murdered men whose bodies bear traces of torture,” added Oleksiy Arestovych, an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Their hands were tied and they were killed by bullets to the back of the head.”
Sergey Nikiforov, a spokesman for Zelensky, told the BBC the grisly findings looked “exactly like war crimes”.
The Kremlin has previously denied committing war crimes in what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Russia promised last week that it would “drastically” reduce its attacks around kyiv and Chernihiv, although Ukraine warned that this did not mean the cities would not become targets again, and the United States and their allies predicted the move could just mean Putin is regrouping.
With post wires