Russian forces fired rocket artillery and howitzers on Saturday night at the Ukraine-controlled town of Nikopol, across the way from the plant on the opposite side of the Dnipro River, which separates the two armies in the area, said Valentin Reznichenko, a local military official. The strikes damaged houses and cars and knocked out electricity for 1,500 residents, he said in a post on Telegram.
In a separate assault on the town, Russian helicopters fired rockets, according to the Ukrainian military, which reported damage to a house but no casualties.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its air force had hit Ukrainian workshops where helicopters were being repaired in the surrounding Zaporizka region, according to the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. The claim could not be independently verified.
Over the weekend, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia signed decrees providing Ukrainians with financial benefits and the right to work, widening the Kremlin’s efforts to integrate those living in Russia and the territory it occupies.
In one decree, the president gave Ukrainians the right to stay and work in Russia without a time limit or special work permit, provided they meet certain requirements, including passing a drug test, a state media outlet in Moscow reported.