A Russian attack on Ukraine's southern city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday, August 9, killed two people, Ukrainian officials said.

Zaporizhzhia, an important city on the Dnipro River, lies some 44 kilometres (27 miles) from the frontline.

President Volodymyr Zelensky had initially announced on social media that at least three people had been killed in the strike, adding that a rescue operation was underway.

His post was accompanied by a video showing a partially damaged church with fire in its courtyard and smoke rising.

The footage also showed another building heavily destroyed and on fire, as well as a damaged basketball pitch.

But Interior Minister Igor Klymenko later revised the toll to two dead and seven wounded.

"Fortunately, one person was reanimated," he posted.


Yuriy Malashko, the head of the Zaporizhzhia region, said Russia had hit a "church and retail outlets" in the city's Shevchenkivskyi district.

"Medics are treating the wounded," he said. "The blast wave smashed windows in high-rise buildings."

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