Russia plans to launch new attacks on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities soon, a US intelligence official has warned.
“Given Russiathe prize list of in Ukrainewe are concerned about the continued threat Russian strikes pose to civilians and civilian infrastructure,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The warning led Kyiv to ban public celebrations commemorating independence from Soviet rule this week.
And other regions have also restricted public gatherings, including in Kharkiv, where Mayor Ihor Terekhov announced an extension of the nighttime curfew between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. until Thursday.
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In the port of Mykolaiv, near Russian-held territory to the south, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said authorities were planning a precautionary order for residents to work from home on Tuesday and Wednesday and urged people not to gather in large groups.
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Near the front lines in the south of the country, Ukraine says Russia fired rockets at several towns north and west of Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, captured by Russian forces soon after their invasion in February.
Artillery and rocket fire near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor complex on the southern bank of the Dnipro River led to calls for the demilitarization of the area.
Ukrainians living near the plant fear shells could hit one of its six reactors, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Meanwhile, Russia said Ukrainian intelligence officers were responsible for the car bombing that killed the daughter of a great right-wing Russian political thinker during the weekend.
Darya Dugina, a 29-year-old commentator for a Russian nationalist television channel, died when a remote-controlled explosive device placed in her car detonated on Saturday evening as she was driving in the outskirts of Moscow.
Her father, Alexander Dugin, a philosopher, writer and political theorist who ardently supports Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to Ukraine, was widely seen as the intended target.
Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, said Ms Dugina’s murder was “planned and carried out by Ukrainian special services”.
The FSB said a Ukrainian citizen, Natalya Vovk, carried out the murder and then fled to Estonia.
The FSB said Ms Vovk arrived in Russia in July with her 12-year-old daughter and rented an apartment in the building where Ms Dugina lived in order to follow her.
He said she and her daughter were at a nationalist festival which Mr Dugin and his daughter attended just before the murder.