Live: Several dead in Russian attack on residential building in Mykolaiv

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Ukraine said on Friday that at least five people were killed in a Russian attack on a residential building in Mykolaiv, near the front line. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strike was a “cynical response to our successes at the front”. Meanwhile, Seoul denied reports that an arms deal it is negotiating with the United States is intended to supply Ukrainian troops with ammunition. Read the TBEN live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

09:48: Strategic bridge at Kherson in Ukraine collapsed

The Antonivskiy Bridge, the only nearby road running from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson to the Russian-controlled eastern bank of the Dnipro River, has collapsed.

The broadcaster Suspilne published a photo in which entire parts of the bridge are missing. The next crossing over the Dnipro is more than 70 km (43 miles) from the city of Kherson.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the bridge to collapse. Russia announced on Wednesday that it would withdraw from the western bank of the Dnipro River to the other side.

9:33 a.m.: Russian housing attack kills at least five in southern Ukraine

Ukraine said on Friday that at least five people were killed in a Russian attack on a residential building in the southern city of Mykolaiv, near the frontline.

The attack came as Russia said it was withdrawing troops from the nearby city of Kherson, the only regional capital Moscow’s forces captured in Ukraine after launching their invasion in February.

Mykolaiv regional governor Vitaliy Kim said on social media the toll had risen to five after the latest deadly attack on the city ravaged by Russian forces for months.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strike was a “cynical response to our successes at the front”.

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4:42 a.m.: Seoul denies report of US arms deal for Ukrainian troops

South Korea on Friday denied a report that it would sell artillery shells for use by Ukrainian troops, claiming that the ammunition – if ongoing negotiations on a deal are finalized – will be for US troops only.

The United States was approaching an agreement to purchase 100,000 rounds of 155mm artillery from Seoul to be delivered to Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing “US officials familiar with the deal.”

Washington is Seoul’s main security ally, stationing some 27,000 US troops in the south to help protect it from the nuclear-armed north.

South Korea said Friday that while the arms deal with the US is underway, the grenades are not intended to be delivered to Ukraine.

3:59am: Japanese national killed in fighting alongside Ukrainian soldiers

A Japanese man who fought alongside Ukrainian soldiers against Russia was killed in combat on Wednesday, becoming the country’s first confirmed casualty in the war, authorities in Tokyo said Friday.

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A foreign ministry official told TBEN that the man is believed to be the first Japanese national to have died in Ukraine “since the invasion began in February”.

Japan has been urging its citizens for months to evacuate the war-ravaged country and has issued its highest warning not to travel there.

While no other details were provided by officials, Jiji Press reported that the man belonged to a squadron fighting in eastern Ukraine.

At the beginning of the invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky openly invited foreigners to his country to join an “international legion” that would fight side by side with Ukrainians against the Russians.

(TBEN with TBEN, TBEN and Reuters)

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