At least six people were killed and 16 wounded in drone and missile strikes on nine of Ukraine’s 24 provinces in the past 24 hours, as Russia extended its biggest air campaign in months into a third day. File photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA-EFE

July 10 (UPI) — At least six people have been killed and 16 wounded in the past 24 hours in drone and missile attacks on nine of Ukraine’s 24 provinces, as Russia continues its biggest air campaign in months for three days.

A security guard and a truck driver were killed in the southwestern Odessa region when the region’s port infrastructure was attacked, damaging warehouses, vehicles and at least one ship after Russian forces fired a barrage of rockets from the Crimean peninsula.

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The Ukrainian Air Force reported that its aircraft, missiles, electronic warfare and mobile fire units intercepted 14 of 20 attack drones over the provinces of Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia and Rivne.

In Kherson province, one civilian was killed and four people were wounded in attacks that damaged an educational institution, a skyscraper and 18 houses, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said.

Further east, in Donetsk, one person was killed when the town of Toretsk was attacked. Seven others were wounded in Kramatorsk and Khasiv Yar.

A 73-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were killed in the frontline city of Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi in Kharkiv province in a shelling that damaged a four-story building, set fire to one house and destroyed a second house, Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov wrote in an update on social media.

Two women, aged 18 and 88, and a 40-year-old man were also injured in the attack.

According to a social media post by Governor Ivan Fedorov, the Zaporizhia region was hit by particularly heavy bombardments with airstrikes, artillery shelling and hundreds of drones. These bombardments targeted 11 towns and villages in the province.

The attacks destroyed more than two dozen residential buildings and infrastructure facilities, but only one person was reportedly injured – a resident of the capital Zaporizhia.

State energy company Ukrenergo reported that some areas in the Rivne region in the west of the country were without power after Russian drones damaged one of its power stations.

The attacks follow US President Joe Biden’s announcement of new air defence systems for Ukraine to ward off Russian airstrikes after he kicked off NATO’s summit in Washington on Tuesday.

The pledge for five new air defense units came a day after a wave of more than 40 Russian missiles on eastern and central Ukraine killed at least 38 people, including two adults, at the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kiev, one of the largest specialized pediatric facilities in Europe.

The United States, Germany and Romania are each supplying one Patriot missile defence system, while the Netherlands, together with other countries, is supplying a fourth. Italy is supplying the long-range SAMP-T air defence system developed in Europe.

In a joint statement, NATO member states said the air defense systems “will help protect Ukrainian cities, civilians and soldiers. We are working with the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that these systems can be deployed quickly.”

The United Nations, Ukraine and other organizations say Monday’s massive explosion, which destroyed part of the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kiev, killing two and wounding 50, was likely the result of a direct hit by a Russian missile.

Moscow denies that its forces were responsible and claims, without providing any evidence, that the hospital was hit by a stray missile from a Ukrainian air defense system.