Russian forces focus attacks on eastern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian military

Damage after the attacks in Bakhmut, Ukraine, on February 24. (Photo: Marek M. Berezowski/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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

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

“The enemy is trying to destroy our country’s critical infrastructure, continues to carry out attacks and artillery shelling against civilian facilities and civilian homes,” the General Staff said. “The enemy is constantly conducting aerial reconnaissance to adjust their attacks.”

Two of the Russian attacks were carried out using Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles against civilian infrastructure, the General Staff said. Both drones were shot down.

Russian forces also fired more than 50 rounds from multiple launch rocket systems at civilian infrastructure in the southern Donetsk region and Kherson region, the General Staff said.

“There are civilians killed and injured, civilian buildings destroyed and civilian infrastructure damaged,” he added.

Russian strikes have killed at least one person and wounded two others in the Kherson region in the past 24 hours, according to the regional military administration.

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


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