Russian forces regroup in the east, leaving destruction in their path

As more Ukrainians return to their homes, and embassies in the war-torn country reopen, the threat from Russia remains. Ukrainian authorities on Saturday announced more than 900 civilian bodies have been found in the capital region alone. Ali Rogin reports on the devastating toll from the ongoing Russian attacks.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    Russia pounded military targets throughout Ukraine today, in apparent retaliation for the sinking of its flagship in the Black Sea, and as it prepares for an offensive in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

    That's as Ukrainian authorities today announced that more than 900 bodies of civilians have been found in the capital region alone. Correspondent Ali Rogin has the latest on the devastating toll from the ongoing Russian attacks.

  • Ali Rogin:

    In the air and on land, Russian forces are regrouping in the east, leaving destruction in their path, shelling the northeastern city of Kharkiv.

    On Friday, officials say seven people were killed, including a seven-month-old baby and a 15-year-old boy, Artem Shevchenko.

    Grandmother of Artem Shevchenko (through translator): Let me see him! My baby. My golden sunshine. We just spoke today. My dear, why should I live, if you are gone?

  • Ali Rogin:

    Overnight, the Russian Defense Ministry said it also hit industrial targets in cities from which troops already withdrew.

  • Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, Chief Spokesman, Russian Defense Ministry:

    Production buildings of a tank factory in Kyiv and heavy armor maintenance facilities in Mykolaiv were destroyed with air-launched, high-precision weapons. Sixteen enemy targets were struck by high-precision, air-launched missiles during the night.

  • Ali Rogin:

    In the southeast, Russia says it's driven all Ukrainian forces out of the port city of Mariupol, and only a small group remain barricaded in a steel mill.

    In the eastern Donbas region of Luhansk, civilians dodged Russian shelling in a town center.

    In his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more challenges lie ahead.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President (through translator):

    The successes of our military on the battlefield is really significant, historically significant. But it's still not enough to cleanse our land of the occupiers. In the south and east of our country, the situation is still very difficult.

  • Ali Rogin:

    Natalia Evdokimova needs no reminder. In the northeastern town of Trostyanets, she visited the grave of her son Dmytro, despite warning signs that the Russians littered the cemetery with mines.

    Natalia Evdokimova, Mother of Dmytro Evdokimov (through translator): We put a photo of him there, how he always was, always smiling and always cheerful.

  • Ali Rogin:

    For her, visiting Dmytro's final resting place and seeing his smile is worth the risk.

    For "PBS News Weekend," I'm Ali Rogin.

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