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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed his country would not stop the counter-offensive that retook towns and cities from Russian forces, as bombing continued on Sunday across a wide swathe of Ukraine.
Zelensky went through a list of towns retaken by Ukraine in its rapid advance across the northeast.
“It may seem to some of you now that after a string of victories we have a certain calm,” he said in his nightly video address. “But this is not calm. This is preparation for the next series … because Ukraine must be free – all this.”
Ukraine’s military command said its forces secured the eastern bank of the Uskil River on Saturday. The river, which flows south from Russia to Ukraine, has been a natural break in the newly emerged front lines since the Kyiv counter-offensive began.
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As Russian shells hit towns and cities over the weekend, Britain’s Ministry of Defense warned that Moscow was likely to increase attacks on civilian targets as it suffered defeats on the battlefield.
“In the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even when it likely does not see any immediate military impact,” the ministry said in an online briefing. “While facing setbacks on the front lines, it is possible that Russia has expanded the positions it is preparing to strike in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” he added.
Governor Ole Sinihopov said a Russian fire killed four medics who were trying to evacuate a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkiv region on Saturday. He added that two patients were wounded in the attack on Strelica.
The region’s governor, Vitaly Kim, said the overnight bombing also hit a hospital in Mykolaiv, an important port on the Black Sea. Governor Pavlo Kirilenko said five people have died over the past day in Russian attacks in the Donetsk region, one of two Ukrainian regions recognized by Russia as sovereign states.
The separatist forces that control much of Donetsk said that the Ukrainian bombing of the POW colony in Olenivka killed one prisoner and wounded four. More than 50 POWs were reported killed in an attack in July on the Olenivka prison; Russian and Ukrainian authorities blame each other.
The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Russian forces in Donetsk continue to carry out “meaningless operations” on villages rather than reinforce the front line.
The Vatican News Service said, on Sunday, that a senior Vatican envoy and his entourage were criticized while they were distributing humanitarian supplies in Ukraine. There were no reports of injuries.
The accident took place near the city of Zaporozhye, on Saturday, and the Vatican monger Cardinal Konrad Krajewski and others were forced to take cover.
“For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run. Because it’s not enough to run, you have to know where to go,” said the Polish-born cardinal, whose office makes charitable contributions to the Pope’s office. Noun.
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District Governor Valentin Reznichenko said that three people were wounded in the night bombing of Nikopol, across the river from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Russian forces captured the six-reactor Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in March, but it is operated by Ukrainian engineers. Its last reactor was shut down a week ago after repeated power outages because the bombing put important safety systems at risk.
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Meanwhile, prosecutors in Kharkiv accuse Russia of torturing civilians in one of the recently released villages. In an online statement, they said they had found a basement where Russian forces allegedly tortured prisoners in Kozacha Luban, near the border with Russia.
In the photos they released, they showed a Russian TA-57 military phone with extra wires and alligator clips attached to it. Ukrainian officials have accused Russian forces of using Soviet-era wireless phones as a power source to shock prisoners during interrogation. It was not immediately possible to verify the allegations of the Ukrainians.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.