World Russian Forces Bombard Sumy Region 200 Times in One Day: Ukraine
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An official said the figures are "pretty remarkable considering that the Russians have achieved none" of Putin's objectives from the start of the war.Roughly 70,000 to 80,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded during the first five and a half months of the war, Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said during a press briefing Monday, adding that the figure is "pretty remarkable considering that the Russians have achieved none of Vladimir Putin's objectives at the beginning of the war.
The governor of a region in northeastern Ukraine says the Russian military opened a daylong bombardment of multiple towns that didn't result in casualties but left buildings and crops damaged.
Dmytro Zhivytskyi, governor of the Sumy administrative district, said in aFriday that Russian forces launched a total of nearly 200 missile strikes that began in the morning and lasted into the evening. The accusation is only the latest involving Russian forces bombarding Sumy, which shares a border with Russia.
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Zhivytskyi said in the post that the attack began at 11 a.m. Friday in the communities of Yunakivka and Khotin that involved mortar shelling, a rocket salvo, artillery and an airstrike. A wheat field was burned as the result of the shelling and damages are being calculated, he said.
Russian forces after 1 p.m. targeted the Mykolaivka village with a total of 60 strikes, according to Zhivytskyi. Later that afternoon, Esman was attacked and shelled with over 40 strikes, he said.
"At least 2 households, a fence and outbuildings were damaged as a result of the shelling," Zhivytskyi said in the post.
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Finally, Russian forces began shelling Shalyhyne at 6:30 p.m., which was followed with jet artillery, according to Zhivytskyi.
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's military pounded residential areas across Ukraine overnight, claiming gains, as Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive to try to take back an occupied southern region, striking the last working bridge over a river in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, Ukrainian authorities said Saturday. A Russian rocket attack on the city of Kramatorsk killed three people and wounded 13 others Friday night, according to the mayor. Kramatorsk is the headquarters for Ukrainian forces in the country's war-torn east.
Other parts of Ukraine, notably the Black Sea coast and the Donbas region, have seen more intense fighting during the war. But Zhivytskyi and other Ukrainian officials have reported multiple incidents where the Sumy administrative district has been targeted by Russian forces.
Earlier this week,in the region, resulting in no casualties but leaving homes and commercial buildings damaged. In June, he said Russian with phosphorus bombs. In April, Zhivytskyi more than 50 times in a half hour. As a result of the shelling, Ukrainian officials banned anyone from coming within one kilometer, or a little over half a mile, of the border with Russia.
Newsweekthat Ukrainian officials are investigating multiple alleged war crimes against Russia, including 2,000 illegal deaths and injuries of civilians, 166 cases of torture and about 5,000 cases of damage to civil objects. Ukraine's Office of the Prosecutor General said it has identified some 600 Russians, mostly soldiers, for war crimes that include rape, torture and murder.
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Russian officials have repeatedly denied the accusations of war crimes and have made similar charges against Ukraine. Mikhail Mizintsev, a Russian defense official,last month that Ukraine was dispatching operatives to Sumy and other regions to threaten citizens sympathetic to Russia.
Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment.
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