Ukrainian air and sea defenses have also been able to stop the progress of Russian air and maritime forces, the ministry added in a post on social media.
Mykolaiv official announces curfew: After Russian forces continued shelling the city of Mykolaiv overnight, Vitaliy Kim, head of the regional military administration there, announced a new curfew of 7 p.
In Popasna, two people also died as Russian forces targeted civilian homes and high-rise buildings, a Ukrainian regional official said.
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian minister announced an evacuation corridor from the besieged would open, following a brief halt earlier because of security concerns.
Russian forces target civilian infrastructure: Residents and Popasna in the east have experienced sustained Russian bombardment.