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Russia stepped up its attack on civilian infrastructure amid a violent counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops, the British Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

“As it faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely expanded the places it is poised to strike in an attempt to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the UK said in an update to the Ukrainian government. intelligence, noting that Russia has attacked civilian targets “even where it probably does not perceive any immediate military effect”.

Parts of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk suffered from blackouts last week when Ukrainian forces returned to towns and cities that had been occupied by Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia was trying to “deprive people of light. [and] heat “attacking critical infrastructure as they retreated.

A view shows a hydraulic structure damaged by a Russian missile attack, during the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, on September 14, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Pantry via REUTERS)

Four doctors were killed and two patients were injured by Russian bombing of a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkiv region, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said Saturday.

About 450 bodies were recovered this week from a mass grave in Izyum, a city in the northeastern region of Kharviv.

“We are discovering new atrocity sites and renewing evidence of war crimes,” Yuriy Sak, adviser to the Ukrainian defense minister, told Fox News Digital over the weekend. “Men, women, children. Some of the bodies were excavated with their hands tied behind their backs.”

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According to officials, a hospital was also bombed in Mykolaiv, a port on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski and others sent by the Vatican to provide humanitarian aid to Urakine were killed this week in Zaporizhzhia.

“For the first time in my life … I didn’t know where to run … because running isn’t enough. You have to know where to go,” he told Vatican News.

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Zelenskyy, meanwhile, has pledged to continue the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

“Maybe it seems to some now that after a winning streak we have a certain pause. But this is not a pause,” Zelenskyy said on Sunday. “This is the preparation for the next sequence. For the next sequence of words that are very important to all of us and that definitely need to be heard.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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