Ukraine war latest: Russia ‘ramps up attacks on civilian targets after setbacks’

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Russia has widened its strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and is likely to expand its target range further, the British Ministry of Defence has 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 those regions said on Sunday.

In an intelligence update, the MoD said that Russia had launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since the start of the invasion. “However, in the last seven days Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate effect,” the ministry said.

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

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

He vowed to press on with his “special military operation” during his address to reporters after attending a meeting of Asian world leaders, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, in Uzbekistan.

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Vladimir Putin ‘failing on all of his military objectives’, says UK army chief

Vladimir Putin is “failing on all of his military strategic objectives”, says the UK army’s chief of the defence.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said pressure is mounting on the Russian president as the country’s defence weakens and international support grows for Ukraine.

He told the BBC: “At the very outset, we said that this was a strategic error by President Putin and strategic errors lead to strategic consequences. And in this instance, it’s strategic failure.

“Putin is failing on all of his military strategic objectives, he wanted to subjugate Ukraine, that’s not going to happen.

“He wanted to take control of the capital, we saw that that was defeated earlier on. We saw that he wanted to weaken Nato. Nato is now much stronger, and we have Finland and Sweden joining.

“He wants to break the international resolve. Well, actually that strengthened over this period, and he’s under pressure, his problems are mounting.”

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

Russia has increased its attacks on civilian targets despite it serving “no immediate military effect” as Vladimir Putin’s forces face setbacks, according to British intelligence.

A statement from the Ministry of Defence on Sunday said Russia has escalated their long-range missile attacks in the last week after reports of forces not having sufficient resources or morale to continue against Ukrainian counterattacks.

Strikes were fired on an electricity grid and a river dam in Kryvyi Rih which caused extensive flooding in the central city.

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EU calls for war crime tribunal over mass graves in Izyum, Ukraine

The European Union has called for a war crimes tribunal as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said evidence of torture has been found in bodies exhumed in Izyum, eastern Ukraine.

The town was re-seized by Ukrainian forces to which a mass burial site of around 450 graves was found, with some displaying torture evidence.

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

“We must not overlook it. We stand for the punishment of all war criminals,” he wrote on Twitter.

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

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Two dead as Russian tank attacks civilian car

Two people have been killed after a Russian tank targeted a civilian car in Kharkiv Oblast, according to Ukrainian media.

City governor Oleh Synyehubov said two women were killed after the tank fired at the car in the village of Strilecha, which borders Russia.

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‘We may never find them’: Desperate Ukrainians forced to trawl through dead looking for lost loved ones

All day the Ukrainian women search through photos of corpses posted by Russian soldiers showing off their kills, in the desperate hunt for their missing loved ones.

In the crude images of frozen grey faces, blood-smeared torsos and the scraps of remains, they look for a flicker of something recognisable: a scar or a ring.

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

“We are a community of women who are looking for our loved ones. All of us have to trawl through the photos of the dead. We have to see if they are there.”

The Independent’s Bel Trew writes.

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In an intelligence update, Britain’s Ministry of Defence today said that Russia has laucnhed several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since the start of the invasion, but that these have increased in the past week.

“In the last seven days Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate effect,” the ministry said in the tweet.

The strikes have struck targets including an electricity grid and a dam, it added.

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

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Russia ‘may not have sufficient reserves’ to withstand further Ukraine assault

It is unclear whether Russian frontline forces have “sufficient reserves or adequate morale” to withstand another concerted assault in eastern parts of Ukraine, according to defence experts.

British defence intelligence analysts believe Moscow has established a defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove following a successful counter-offensive from the Ukrainians, forcing the Kremlin to concede swathes of territory.

The zone is viewed as important partly because it sits along the border of the Luhansk region, part of the Donbas, which Russia has sought to “liberate” as one of its key war aims.

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Zelensky: Crimea will return to Ukraine

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Reuters that Ukraine will be able to live peacefully only when it regains all its territories, including annexed Crimea.

But he said Ukraine doesn’t exclude diplomacy in its goal to take back Crimea.

“There is no way out. We must de-occupy the territory. It may happen that Crimea will be returned by diplomatic means,” Mr Zelensky said.

(EPA)

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Russia has extended target location for strikes – British intelligence

Russia has likely extended the location it is preparing to strike in an attempt to undermine the morale of Ukrainian forces as Moscow faces setbacks, Britain’s MoD said on Sunday in its daily intelligence update.

“In the last seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate military effect,” it added.

This category of mission has included strikes against the electricity grid, and a dam on the Inhulets River at Kryvyi Rih, it added.

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Russia inflicting damage with Iranian Kamikaze drones – report

Iranian Shahed-136 drones introduced by Russia have dealt a serious blow to Ukrainian forces, the Wall Street Journal reported citing Ukrainian commanders.

The Iranian drones, which have been repainted in Russian colours and rebranded as Geranium 2, are hitting Ukrainian armour and artillery positions in the northeastern Kharkiv region, said colonel Rodion Kulagin, commander of artillery for Ukraine’s 92nd Mechanized Brigade.

The drones have struck and destroyed two 152-mm self-propelled howitzers, two 122-mm self-propelled howitzers and two BTR armoured infantry vehicles just within his brigade’s operational area, he said.

Military experts who examined the photographs of the wreckage in Kharkiv told the outlet that it appeared to be the work of Shahed-136 drones.

It is the latest version of Iran’s delta-wing design.

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