A firefighter extinguishes a burning store after a Russian bombardment in Kherson on December 24. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 10 people were killed and 55 injured in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson after Russian shelling hit the area on Saturday, said Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the region’s military administration. Kherson, in a new update on the death toll.

Yanushevych called on residents of Kherson to donate blood to help save the lives of those injured in the shelling.

He also said the Russians used “Grad multiple launch rocket systems to hit downtown Kherson”, and that 18 people, out of 55, were currently in critical condition.

The head of the regional administration noted that there were no children among the victims of the bombardment on Saturday morning.

At the same time, he reported that five people were killed and 17 injured on Friday as a result of Russian shelling.

“Among the injured is a six-year-old girl, doctors fought for her life and managed to save her,” Yanushevych said. “But, unfortunately, the six-year-old girl lost her eye and her ear. She has a broken leg. We will evacuate her to Kyiv.”

Yanushevych said shelling of the city continued throughout Saturday, particularly areas along the Dnipro River, and prevented rescuers from doing their job of clearing rubble.

Areas along the Dnipro River, such as Hydropark, Antonivka and Navtohavan, have no heating or electricity. Yanushevych said people living in these areas are constantly bombed and “must evacuate immediately”.

“It is almost impossible to restore infrastructure in these areas,” Yanushevych said.

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