Russians bomb both cities in northeastern and southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

Russians bomb both cities in northeastern and southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

The town of Siversk was the target of bombardment on Saturday.

Russian forces launch a series of strikes in several Ukrainian towns with intense bombardments on Sumy in the north, Mykolaiv and a missile strike in Odessa in the south, Ukrainian authorities announced on Tuesday.

Ukraine says Russian forces stepped up long-range strikes on targets far from the front, killing large numbers of civilians. Moscow says it only targets military targets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Russia fired more than 3,000 cruise missiles and countless artillery shells during the five-month conflict.

In Odessa, a Russian missile strike injured at least four people and burned down houses, said Oleksii Matsulevych, spokesman for the regional administration, on his account Telegram.

Russian forces targeted Mykolaiv on Monday, injuring at least two people and damaging windows and roofs of houses, the Ukrainian city's mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, said in a message posted on social media.

A war crimes prosecutor, rescuer and civilian observe a destroyed building after being hit by missile fire near Odessa.

Over 150 shells were fired about the Sumy region, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, the head of the Sumy regional military administration, said on Telegram.

kyiv hopes the war is at a turning point, with Moscow having exhausted its offensive capabilities by seizing some small towns to the east, while Ukraine now has long-range Western weapons. range that can strike behind Russian lines.

kyiv claims to have succeeded in a series of strikes against 30 Russian logistics and ammunition centers, which it claims cripple Russian artillery.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Ukraine's top military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, said US-provided long-range rocket systems, known as HIMARS, helped stabilize the situation through to major strikes at enemy command points, ammunition and fuel depots.

Russia said on Monday that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had ordered the military to focus on destroying rockets and artillery Ukrainians provided by the West.

A Himars system, at an arms manufacturers fair held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March 2022.< /p>

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to provide Ukraine with an additional 500 million euros (about C$657 million) in European funds for armaments, bringing European support to 2.5 billion euros (3.29 billion Canadian dollars) since the invasion launched on February 24.

To the south, Ukraine is preparing a counterattack to retake the largest sliver of territory conquered since the invasion. Ukraine reported destroying Russian missile systems, communications, radars, ammunition depots and armored vehicles in strikes in the southern Kherson region.

In the east, Ukrainian forces withdrew from Lugansk in early July.

kyiv says Moscow is planning another assault for control of the last Ukrainian pocket in neighboring Donetsk province.

This could be a crucial week for European countries concerned about the impact of war and sanctions on gas supplies.

Russia is due to reopen its main gas pipeline to Germany, Nord Stream 1, in the coming days after regular maintenance, but Europeans fear Moscow may keep it closed.

Russia's Gazprom, which operates the pipeline, told customers in Europe that it could not guarantee gas supplies due to extraordinary circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters, upping the ante in an economic exchange with the West.

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