Russian strikes killed two people and injured more than a dozen near the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk Saturday afternoon, with regional officials accusing Moscow of using cluster bombs in the attack.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, said that Russian forces had targeted Bernatsky Park in the south of the city and a funeral service, killing at least two civilians and wounding a further ten.
Agence France-Presse reporters in the area said they heard about 10 explosions go off almost simultaneously and saw a woman die at the scene from her wounds, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper reported.
In nearby Konstyantynivka, officials reported at least six civilians were wounded on Saturday after Russian forces shelled the city with cluster munitions from Uragan multiple rocket launcher systems.
Over 100 countries prohibit the use of cluster bombs, which release small explosive bombs and indiscriminately harm civilians, notes the Kyiv Independent. According to international observers, Russia’s use of cluster munitions has been “extensive,” an accusation that Moscow denies.
Sunday marks day 389 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Source: Polskie Radio, Radio Gdańsk
Two experienced aid volunteers have been hospitalized with injuries after a Russian shell hit a humanitarian vehicle delivering aid in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
The humanitarian van was shelled by Russian forces in eastern Ukraine in the late afternoon on Thursday, according to reports by Polish state news agency PAP.
The explosion injured six people, including a Pole and a Ukrainian national living in Poland. Both men are from Poznań and work for Nehemiah (Nehemiasz), a Polish humanitarian aid group.
A Nehemiasz representative told PAP on Saturday that one of the men “is in a stable but serious condition. The other is in a less serious condition.”
Source: Polskie Radio, PAP
The new coach of the Polish national football team, Fernando Santos, has unveiled the player roster for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Albania.
The lineup of 25 players announced by Santos on Friday includes Barcelona star striker Robert Lewandowski and other regulars such as Napoli midfielder Piotr Zieliński and Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash.
Surprisingly, the list did not include familiar names like midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and central defender Kamil Glik, presumably due to poor past performance in the case of Krychowiak and injury on the part of Glik. They will be replaced by several new faces, including American-born Ben Lederman of Raków Częstochowa, along with Kamil Piątkowski and Michał Karbownik.
The new Polish national team will play their first Euro 2024 qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague on March 24, followed by a match against Albania in Warsaw on March 27.
Source: Radio Gdańsk, Polskie Radio
Thousands of Kashubians will gather in Gniewino in Pomerania on Sunday to celebrate Kashubian Unity Day and attempt to beat the Polish record for the most people simultaneously playing the accordion.
According to Jan Wyrowiński, president of the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association, the annual holiday gives participants “the opportunity to manifest our pride in being Kashubian and emphasize our attachment to language, culture, tradition, and history, i.e., everything that makes us unique.”
This year’s Kashubian Unity Day will begin with a solemn mass in the church of St. Joseph the Craftsman (św. Józefa Rzemieślnika) in Gniewino at 11:30, followed by workshops for children, live readings, theatre performances, a film screening, and performances by local artists, regional bands, and dance ensembles.
Participants will also attempt to break the record in group accordion playing, with the current record of 372 accordionists set in Boyana in 2016.
The holiday has been celebrated since 2004 and commemorates the first mention of Kashubians in the annals of history; in a bull dated March 19, 1238, Pope Gregory IX titled Szczecin’s duke Bogusław I “the prince of Kashubia.”
Source: Radio Gdańsk
Today will be mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain showers in the morning accompanied by a gentle southern breeze. Temperatures will be warmer than yesterday, reaching a high of 15°C or 59°F during the day with lows of 4°C or 40°F overnight. Colder, wet weather is expected tomorrow, with a good chance for rain showers throughout the morning.