Local officials said that Russian missiles hit several Ukrainian cities

Lviv, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian missiles hit two cities in central Ukraine early on Saturday, damaging infrastructure and residential buildings, the head of the Poltava region said.

“Poltava. A missile hit one of the infrastructure facilities during the night,” wrote Dmitry Lunin in an Internet post. “Kremenchug. Lots of attacks on the city in the morning.”

Lunin later said that at least four missiles hit two infrastructure targets in Poltava while three enemy aircraft, according to preliminary information, attacked industrial facilities in Kremenchug.

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The city of Poltava is the capital of the Poltava region, east of Kyiv, and Kremenchug is one of the major cities of the region.

Lunin said there was no immediate information on possible casualties. Reuters could not immediately verify the news.

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In the Dnipro region of southwestern Ukraine, missiles hit an infrastructure facility, injuring two people and causing significant damage, Valentin Reznichenko, head of the region, said in an online post.

He added that a petrol station in the city of Kryvyi Rih was bombed, which led to a fire.

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(Reporting by Natalia Zenets in Lviv and Lydia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by William Mallard

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