Russia's defense ministry on Thursday said two Ukrainian generals and up to 50 Ukrainian military officers had been killed in a missile strike in Ukraine's eastern city of Kramatorsk on June 27, the RIA news agency reported.
Ukrainian officials said 12 people were killed and 60 hurt when a Russian missile slammed into a crowded restaurant in the city on Tuesday evening.
Asked about the attack, Russia said it attacked only military targets, not civilian ones. The defense ministry said a temporary Ukrainian army command post had been hit in Kramatorsk.
What was the Kramatorsk attack?
A Russian missile struck a restaurant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Tuesday.
A second missile hit a village on the fringes of Kramatorsk, injuring five, but the main casualties were at the restaurant, where at least three children were among the dead.
History of Russian missile attacks on Kremenchuk
A Russian missile also hit a cluster of buildings in Kremenchuk, about 375 km (230 miles) west in central Ukraine, exactly a year after an attack on a shopping mall there that killed at least 20. No casualties were reported in the latest attack.
In Kramatorsk, a city frequently targeted by Russian attacks, emergency workers scurried in and out of the shattered restaurant as residents stood outside embracing and surveying the damage.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video message that the attacks showed that Russia "deserved only one thing as a consequence of what it has done -- defeat and a tribunal."
Kramatorsk is a major city west of the front lines in Donetsk province and a likely key objective in any Russian advance westward seeking to capture all of the region.
The city has been a frequent target of Russian attacks, including a strike on the town's railway station in April 2022 that killed 63 people. There were at least two strikes on apartment buildings and other civilian sites earlier this year.