Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky promised his country that there would be no shortage of retaliation recapturing towns and cities from Russian troops, as shelling continued across a wide stretch on Sunday. Ukraine,
Zelensky ran through a list of cities that Ukraine has taken back in its lightning push to the northeast.
“Maybe now some of you feel like we have a certain peace after a series of victories,” he said in his video address of the night. “But this is no silence. It is a preparation for the next series… Because Ukraine must be liberated – that’s all.” Ukraine’s military command said its forces had secured the eastern bank of the Oskil river on Saturday. The river, which flows south from Russia into Ukraine, was a natural break in the newly emerged front lines since the Kyiv counter-offensive began.
Amid Russian shelling in cities and towns over the weekend, the British Defense Ministry warned that Moscow could increase attacks on civilian targets as it suffered a battlefield defeat.
“Over the past seven days, Russia has increased its target of civilian infrastructure, even where it probably considers no immediate military impact,” the ministry said in an online briefing. “As the front lines face setbacks, Russia has possibly increased the places it is prepared to strike in an effort to lower the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.” Russian fire kills four doctors who were attempting to evacuate a psychiatric hospital. Kharkiv region on Saturday, said Governor Oleh Syniehubov. He said that two patients were injured in the attack in Strelcha.
Regional governor Vitaly Kim said overnight shelling also targeted a hospital in Mykolaiv, an important Black Sea port. Five people were killed in the past days in Russian attacks in the Donetsk region, one of two Ukrainian territories that Russia recognizes as sovereign states, Governor Pavlo Kirilenko said.
Separatist forces controlling much of Donetsk said one prisoner was killed and four wounded in Ukrainian shelling of a prisoner-of-war colony in Olenivka. More than 50 POWs were reported to have been killed in an attack on the Olenivka prison in July; Russian and Ukrainian officials blame each other.
The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Russian forces in Donetsk continue to conduct “meaningless operations” on villages as opposed to strengthening the front line.
The Vatican News Service said on Sunday that a top Vatican envoy and his crew came under fire when they were distributing humanitarian supplies to Ukraine. There is no report of any casualty in this.
The incident took place near the town of Zaporizhzhya on Saturday, and forced Vatican almoner Cardinal Konrad Krzewski and others to take cover. “For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to run. Because it is not enough to run, you have to know where to go,” said the Polish-born cardinal, whose office makes charitable contributions in the name of the pope.
Across the river from Europe’s largest nuclear power station, three people were injured in Nikopol’s night shelling, regional governor Valentin Reznichenko said. The six-reactor Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was captured by the Russian military in March, but is operated by Ukrainian engineers. Its previous reactor was shut down a week ago after repeated power outages as the shelling threatened critical security systems.
Meanwhile, prosecutors in Kharkiv are accusing Russia of torturing civilians in a village that was recently liberated. In an online statement, he said he had found a crypt where Russian forces allegedly tortured prisoners in Kozacha Lopan, near the border with Russia. In the images he released, he showed a Russian military TA-57 telephone with extra wires and alligator clips attached to it. , Ukrainian authorities have accused the Russian military of using Soviet-era radio telephones as a power source to shock prisoners during interrogation. It was not possible to immediately verify the claims of Ukrainians.