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Oct. 11 () –
The Russian government said Tuesday that it has carried out new “massive shelling” with “precision weapons” against targets in Ukraine over the past day, following a spike in attacks during the day on Monday against several cities, including Kiev, which left about 20 dead and more than a hundred wounded.
“Today, the Russian Armed Forces continued to carry out massive shelling with precision weapons fired from air and sea against military command and control facilities and the energy system of Ukraine,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
“The objective of the attack has been achieved. All the designated targets have been hit,” he said, without giving further details, as reported by the Russian news agency Interfax. Several Ukrainian localities have been targeted in recent hours, including Zaporiyia, where at least one person has been killed.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Russian troops “are not capable of stopping successful counter-offensives” in the Kharkov and Kherson regions and accused Moscow of “trying to intimidate and cause panic among the population” with its attacks on Monday.
The Russian attacks, denounced by Ukraine as “war crimes,” took place two days after the explosion recorded on the Kerch bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean peninsula — annexed in 2014 — an event described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “terrorist attack” perpetrated by Ukrainian authorities.