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Russia getting ready for subsequent stage of offensive, Ukraine says – EURACTIV.com

Russia is getting ready for the following stage of its offensive in Ukraine, a Ukrainian navy official mentioned, after Moscow mentioned its forces would step up navy operations in “all operational areas”.

Russian rockets and missiles have pounded cities in strikes that Kyiv says have killed dozens in current days.

“It isn’t solely missile strikes from the air and sea,” Vadym Skibitskyi, a spokesman for Ukrainian navy intelligence, mentioned on Saturday (16 July). “We will see shelling alongside all the line of contact, alongside all the entrance line. There may be an lively use of tactical aviation and assault helicopters.

“There may be certainly a sure activation of the enemy alongside all the entrance line… Clearly preparations at the moment are underway for the following stage of the offensive.”

The Ukrainian navy mentioned Russia seemed to be regrouping models for an offensive in the direction of Sloviansk, a symbolically vital metropolis held by Ukraine within the jap area of Donetsk.

Ukraine says at the least 40 folks have been killed in Russian shelling of city areas within the final three days, because the warfare launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 24 February intensifies.

Rockets hit the northeastern city of Chuhuiv in Kharkiv area on Friday evening, killing three folks together with a 70-year-old lady and wounding three others, mentioned regional Governor Oleh Synehubov.

“Three folks misplaced their lives, why? What for? As a result of Putin went mad?” mentioned Raisa Shapoval, 83, a distraught resident sitting within the ruins of her residence.

To the south, greater than 50 Russian Grad rockets pounded town of Nikopol on the Dnipro River, killing two individuals who had been discovered within the rubble, mentioned Governor Valentyn Reznichenko.

Moscow, which calls the invasion a “particular navy operation” to demilitarise and “denazify” its neighbour, says it makes use of high-precision weapons to degrade Ukraine’s navy infrastructure and defend its personal safety. It has repeatedly denied concentrating on civilians.

Kyiv and the West say the battle is an unprovoked try and reconquer a rustic that broke freed from Moscow’s rule with the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered navy models to accentuate operations to stop Ukrainian strikes on jap Ukraine and different areas held by Russia, the place he mentioned Kyiv may hit civilian infrastructure or residents, in response to an announcement from the ministry.

His remarks seemed to be a direct response to what Kyiv says is a string of profitable strikes carried out on 30 Russian logistics and ammunitions hubs, utilizing a number of a number of launch rocket methods just lately equipped by the West.

The strikes are inflicting havoc with Russian provide traces and have considerably diminished Russia’s offensive functionality, Ukraine’s defence ministry spokesperson mentioned on Friday.



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