Russia ‘steps up attacks on civilian targets after setbacks’

Russia ‘steps up attacks on civilian targets after setbacks’
Russia ‘steps up attacks on civilian targets after setbacks’

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Russia has expanded its strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and is likely to further expand its range of targets, the UK Ministry of Defense said.

Five civilians were killed in Russian attacks in the Donetsk region over the past day, while in Nikopol several dozen high-rise and private buildings, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged by Russian strikes, the governors of these regions announced on Sunday.

In an intelligence update, the Defense Ministry said Russia had launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since the invasion began. “However, over the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it likely sees no immediate effect,” the ministry said.

“As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely expanded the locations it is prepared to strike in an effort to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”

It comes after Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Ukraine risked provoking “more serious” action from Moscow with its sweeping counteroffensive, saying that “so far we have responded with restraint”.

He promised to continue his “special military operation” when addressing reporters after attending a meeting of Asian world leaders, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in Uzbekistan.

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City Governor Oleh Syniehubov said doctors were trying to evacuate patients from a mental hospital in the village of Strilecha when Russian forces began “a massive shelling” of the area.

Two patients were also injured in the attack, he said.

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Asked about the potential use of such methods by the Russian president in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Biden replied: “No. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of warfare like never before since World War II.

He added that Russia would “become more of a pariah in the world than it ever was.”

“Depending on the extent of what they do, that will determine what response would occur.”

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The city’s mayor, Valerii Marchenko, said exhumation work would continue “because there are many graves” in the recently liberated city of Kharkiv Oblast.

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Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said pressure was mounting on the Russian president as the country’s defense weakened and international support for Ukraine increased.

He told the BBC: “At the very beginning we said this was a strategic mistake by President Putin and that strategic mistakes have strategic consequences. And in this case, it is a strategic failure.

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Russia ‘increasing attacks on civilian targets’ after military setbacks, UK says

Russia has stepped up attacks on civilian targets despite having “no immediate military effect” as Vladimir Putin’s forces face setbacks, according to British intelligence.

A Defense Ministry statement on Sunday said Russia stepped up its long-range missile attacks last week after reports that the forces did not have enough resources or morale to continue against Ukrainian counterattacks. .

Strikes were called on a power grid and a river dam in Kryvyi Rih, causing major flooding in the city center.

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The town was recaptured by Ukrainian forces at which a mass burial site of around 450 graves was discovered, some showing evidence of torture.

Jan Lipvasky, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, said on Saturday that Russia’s attacks “against the civilian population are unthinkable and heinous”.

“We mustn’t forget that. We stand for the punishment of all war criminals,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I call for the rapid establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression.”

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“Twenty hours a day I scour these Telegram channels looking for him,” Maria said, her face gripped with grief.

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In an intelligence update, the UK Ministry of Defense today said Russia had launched several thousand long-range missiles into Ukraine since the invasion began, but these had increased last week.

“Over the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it likely sees no immediate effect,” the ministry said in the tweet.

The strikes hit targets such as a power grid and a dam, he added.

“As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely expanded the locations it is prepared to strike with the aim of directly undermining the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the ministry said. .

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