Russian forces target civilian infrastructure as Ukraine continues counteroffensive, UK says

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Russia intervened have stepped up their targeting of civilian infrastructure amid a deadly counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops, the British Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.

“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 Kingdom said. United in an intelligence update, noting that Russia had attacked civilian targets “even where it probably does not perceive any immediate military effect.”

Parts of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk were suffering from power outages last week as Ukrainian forces re-entered towns and villages that had been occupied by Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was trying to “deprive people of light [and] heat” by attacking critical infrastructure during their retreat.

A view shows a hydraulic structure damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, September 14, 2022.

A view shows a hydraulic structure damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, September 14, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential News Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Four doctors were killed and two patients were injured by Russian shelling at a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkiv region, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said on Saturday.

About 450 bodies were recovered this week from a mass grave in Izyum, a town in the northeast region of Kharviv.

“We are discovering new atrocity sites and new evidence of war crimes,” Yuriy Sak, adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, told Fox News Digital over the weekend. “Men, women, children. Some of the bodies were dug up with their hands tied behind their backs.”

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A hospital was also bombed in Mykolaiv, a port on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine, officials said.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski and other envoys by the Vatican to provide humanitarian aid to Urakine were shot dead this week in Zaporizhzhia.

“For the first time in my life…I didn’t know where to run…because running is not enough. You have to know where to go,” he told Vatican News.

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Zelenskyy, meanwhile, pledged to continue The Ukrainian counter-offensive.

“Maybe it seems to someone now that after a winning streak we have some lull. But it’s not a lull,” Zelenskyy said on Sunday. “It’s preparation for the next streak. For the next streak of words that are very important to all of us and absolutely need to be heard.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.