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Russian missiles strike across Ukraine, says Kyiv

  • Ukraine says Russia launches widespread shelling
  • Shelling hit chemical plant where civilians trapped
  • Ukraine forces withdraw from Sievierodonetsk
  • Dozens of missiles hit Ukrainian military bases

KYIV, June 25 (Reuters) – Russian missiles rained down across Ukraine on Saturday, hitting military facilities in the west and the north as well as a southern city as the biggest land conflict in Europe since World War Two entered its fifth month.

Russian artillery and air strikes pounded the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in the eastern Luhansk region on Friday, smashing into a chemical plant where hundreds of civilians were trapped, a Ukrainian official said on Saturday.

Ukraine said on Friday its troops had been ordered to retreat from Sievierodonetsk as there was very little left to defend after weeks of intense fighting, marking the biggest reversal for Ukraine since losing the port of Mariupol in May.

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