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Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia has expanded its strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and is likely to expand its targets further.
The governors of those regions said on Sunday that five civilians were killed in Russian attacks on the Donetsk region over the past day, while dozens of high-rise and private buildings, gas pipelines and power lines in Nikopol were damaged by the Russian strikes.
In an intelligence update, the Defense Ministry said Russia has launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since the invasion began. “However, in the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even when it likely does not see any immediate impact,” the ministry said.
“While facing setbacks on the front lines, it is possible that Russia has expanded the positions it is willing to strike in an effort to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”
It comes after Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Ukraine risked provoking a “more serious” move from Moscow with its sweeping counterattack, claiming that “we have so far responded with restraint.”
He vowed to continue his “special military operation” during his address to reporters after attending a meeting of Asian world leaders, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in Uzbekistan.
British army chief says Vladimir Putin ‘failed in all his military objectives’
Vladimir Putin “fails in all his military strategic goals”, says the British Army’s chief of defense.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said pressure is mounting on the Russian president as the country’s defense weakens and international support for Ukraine grows.
He told the BBC: “At the beginning we said that this was a strategic mistake by President Putin and that strategic mistakes lead to strategic consequences. In this case, it is a strategic failure.
Putin is failing in all of his military strategic goals. He wanted to subjugate Ukraine, and this is not going to happen.
Wanted to take control of the capital, we saw that he was defeated earlier. We saw that he wanted to weaken NATO. NATO is now much stronger, Finland and Sweden have joined.
He wants to break the international resolve. Well, actually that has strengthened during this period, and he is under pressure, his problems are increasing.”
Furfa ShahSeptember 18, 2022 12:45
UK says Russia ‘increasing attacks on civilian targets’ after military setbacks
Russia has increased its attacks on civilian targets even though they “do not lead to any immediate military impact” as Vladimir Putin’s forces face setbacks, according to British intelligence.
A statement issued by the Defense Ministry on Sunday said that Russia escalated its long-range missile attacks in the past week after reports of insufficient troop resources or morale to continue Ukraine’s counter-attacks.
Strikes were launched on a power grid and a river embankment in Kryvyi Rih causing widespread flooding in the city center.
Read the full story over here.
Furfa ShahSeptember 18, 2022 12:15
EU calls for war crimes tribunal over Izyum mass graves, Ukraine
The European Union has called for a war crimes tribunal as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said evidence of torture had been found in bodies exhumed in Izyum in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian forces have recaptured the city where a mass burial site of some 450 graves has been found, with some evidence of torture on display.
Jan Lebvsky, the Czech Republic’s foreign minister, said on Saturday that Russian attacks “against the civilian population are abhorrent and unimaginable.”
We must not overlook it. “We advocate the punishment of all war criminals,” he wrote on Twitter.
I call for the speedy establishment of a special international tribunal to try the crime of aggression.
Furfa ShahSeptember 18 2022 11:45
Two dead in Russian tank attack on civilian car
Two people were killed after a Russian tank targeted a civilian car in Kharkiv Oblast, according to Ukrainian media.
The city’s governor, Oleh Senehubov, said two women were killed after a tank fired at the car in the village of Strelica bordering Russia.
Furfa ShahSeptember 18, 2022 11:15
‘We may never find them’: Desperate Ukrainians forced to search for the dead in search of their missing loved ones
In the primitive images of grey-frozen faces, bloodstained torso and leftover remains, they search for a flash of something recognizable: a scar or a ring.
“Twenty hours a day I go through these Telegram channels looking for him,” said Maria, her face sad.
“We are a community of women looking for our loved ones. We all have to search through photos of the dead. We have to see if they are there.”
Bill True writes for The Independent.
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Shweta SharmaSep 18 2022 10:45
In an intelligence update, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said today that Russia has launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since the start of the invasion, but that these missiles have increased in the past week.
“In the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even when it likely does not see any immediate impact,” the ministry said in a tweet.
She added that the strikes targeted targets, including an electricity network and a dam.
“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,” the ministry said.
Katie CliftonSep 18 2022 10:26
Russia may not have enough reserves to resist further attacks on Ukraine
According to defense experts, it is not clear whether the Russian forces on the front lines have “sufficient reserves or sufficient morale” to withstand another coordinated offensive in the eastern parts of Ukraine.
British defense intelligence analysts believe that Moscow established a defensive line between the Uskil River and the town of Svatov after a successful counterattack by the Ukrainians, forcing the Kremlin to cede large swathes of territory.
The region is seen as important in part because it lies along the border of the Luhansk region, part of Donbass, which Russia sought to “liberate” as one of its main war objectives.
This comes at a time when the bodies were found in a mass burial site near the city of Iseum
Shweta SharmaSeptember 18, 2022 10:00
Zelensky: Crimea will return to Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Reuters that Ukraine will be able to live in peace only when it regains all of its territory, including the annexed Crimea.
But he said Ukraine was not ruling out diplomacy in its goal of reclaiming Crimea.
“There is no way out. We must remove the occupation of the land. It may happen that the Crimea will be returned by diplomatic means,” Zelensky said.
Shweta SharmaSeptember 18, 2022 09:00
Russia has extended the target site for strikes – British intelligence
On Sunday, the British Ministry of Defense said, in its daily intelligence update, that Russia has likely expanded the site it is preparing to strike in an attempt to undermine the morale of Ukrainian forces as Moscow faces setbacks.
“In the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even when it likely does not see any immediate military impact,” she added.
She added that this category of tasks included strikes against the power grid, and a dam on the Inholets River in Kryvyi Rih.
Shweta SharmaSep 18 2022 08:15
Russia damages Iranian kamikaze planes – report
Iranian Shahed-136 drones provided by Russia dealt a serious blow to Ukrainian forces The Wall Street Journal Reported, citing Ukrainian leaders.
Colonel Rodion Colagin, artillery commander of the Ukrainian 92nd Mechanized Brigade, said that Iranian drones, repainted in Russian colors and renamed Geranium 2, are hitting Ukrainian armor and artillery positions in the northeastern Kharkiv region.
He said that the drones struck and destroyed two 152 mm self-propelled howitzers, two 122 mm self-propelled howitzers, and two BTR armored infantry vehicles within his brigade’s area of operations.
Military experts who examined photos of debris in Kharkiv told the port that it appeared to be the work of Shahid-136 drones.
It is the latest version of the Delta Wing design in Iran.
Shweta SharmaSep 18 2022 07:06