At least two people have been confirmed dead in a series of Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine’s southern city of Zaporizhzhia.

Local officials say the rockets hit residential buildings before dawn and then again several hours later.

The Ukrainian-held city is the capital of the eponymous Zaporizhzhia region, which Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week declared annexed, along with three other Ukrainian regions – Donetsk and Luhansk in the east, and Kherson in the south.

Moscow does not fully control any of the four regions, and in recent weeks Ukrainian troops have made significant advances in the the country’s north-east and south.

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originally published at Global News - Social Gov