Forces focusing attacks in eastern Ukraine, says Ukrainian military

Radina Gigova and Olga Voitovych

Russian forces are focusing their efforts on conducting offensive operations in eastern Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Monday.

Ukrainian forces repelled 81 Russian attacks around Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Shakhtarsk over the last 24 hours, it said, adding “the threat of Russian missile strikes remains high throughout Ukraine.”

“The enemy is trying to destroy the critical infrastructure of our country, continues to carry out strikes and artillery shelling of civilian facilities and civilian houses,” the General Staff said. “The enemy is constantly conducting aerial reconnaissance to adjust its strikes.”

Two of the Russian attacks were conducted by using Shahed-136 UAVs against civilian infrastructure, the General Staff said. Both drones were shot down.

Russian forces also fired more than 50 times from multiple launch rocket systems targeting civilian infrastructure in the Donetsk region and the Kherson region, in the south of the country, the General Staff said.

“There are killed and wounded civilians, civilian buildings were destroyed and civilian infrastructure was damaged,” it said.

Russian attacks have killed at least one person and injured two others in the Kherson region in the last 24 hours, according to the regional military administration.

“They fired from multiple rocket launchers, mortars, artillery, tanks, UAVs and infantry fighting vehicles,” it said.

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