The UK says Russian forces are targeting civilian infrastructure as Ukraine continues its counter-offensive

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On Sunday, the British Ministry of Defense announced that Russia has intensified its targeting of civilian infrastructure amid a counter-attack by Ukrainian forces.

“While facing setbacks on the front lines, it is likely that Russia has expanded positions it is preparing to strike in an effort to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the UK said in an intelligence update, noting that Russia attacked. Civilian targets “even when you likely don’t see any immediate military impact.”

Parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk regions were experiencing blackouts last week as Ukrainian troops returned to Russian-occupied towns and cities. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia is trying to “deprive people of light”. [and] heat” by attacking critical infrastructure as it recedes.

A view shows a hydraulic structure damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid a Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kryvyi Ri, Ukraine on September 14, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Handout via Reuters)

Today, Saturday, the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Senehubov, said that four medics were killed and two patients were injured in a Russian bombing of a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkiv region.

About 450 bodies were recovered this week from a mass grave in Izyum, a city in the northeastern Kharviv region.

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

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A hospital was also bombed in Mykolaiv, a Black Sea port in southern Ukraine, according to officials.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski and others sent by the Vatican to provide humanitarian relief in Oraken were shot this week in Zaporizhia.

He told Vatican News: “For the first time in my life…I didn’t know where to run…Because running isn’t enough. You have to know where to go.”

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Meanwhile, Zelensky vowed to continue Ukraine’s counterattack.

“It may seem to someone now that after a series of victories we have a certain calm. But this is not calm,” Zelensky said on Sunday. “This is preparation for the next sequence. For the next sequence are very important words for all of us that should definitely be heard.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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