According to a Ukrainian statement, 7 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured on Monday evening when two Russian missile strikes hit the city of Pokrovsk in the eastern Donetsk region.
The attacks took place 40 minutes apart. Among the buildings destroyed was a hotel where foreign journalists were staying.
The deadly attack came a day after officials from some 40 countries met in the Saudi Arabian capital Jeddah to negotiate a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine. Moscow, which was not invited to the negotiations, criticized them for "the slightest added value".
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Moscow is open to diplomatic solutions to end the war and is ready to respond to serious proposals.
The Kremlin's conditions for peace include recognition that Russia controls four Ukrainian regions currently partially controlled by Russian forces and Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.
Ukraine, however, has not accepted this condition. Mykhailo Podolyak, one of Zelenskyy's advisers, said on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, that Russian forces must completely withdraw from the occupied territories and that Kiev would make no concessions on this issue.
Source: Times of India