A Vatican envoy and his aides narrowly escaped injury after reportedly coming under fire during a humanitarian mission in Ukraine – evidence British officials claim shows Russia is poised to escalate attacks on innocent civilians.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, a Vatican almsgiver, said he “didn’t know where to run” during the frightening incident near the town of Zaporizhia on Saturday, Vatican New reported. No injuries were reported.
“For the first time in my life, I didn’t know where to walk. Because it’s not enough to run, you have to know where you’re going,” the Polish-born cardinal told Vatican intelligence.
Krajewski is in Ukraine for the fourth time since Russian forces began their invasion of Ukraine in February. He was with two bishops — one Catholic, one Protestant — and a Ukrainian soldier delivering relief supplies and rosaries, the news service said.
Russian blasts hit much of Ukraine overnight, officials said on Sunday, and Britain’s Defense Ministry recently issued a stern warning that Moscow was keeping an eye on civilian targets.
“Over the past seven days, Russia has stepped up attacks on civilian infrastructure, although it is unlikely to see an immediate military impact,” the ministry said in an online briefing.
“Faced with setbacks at the front lines, Russia has likely broadened the range of attacks to try to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”
Five civilians were killed by Russian attacks in the eastern Donetsk region over the weekend; west of it, in Nikopol, several dozen residential buildings, gas lines and power lines were hit, according to regional governors. Regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said three people were injured in nighttime bombing.
Russian bombings also killed four medics and injured two patients during the evacuation of a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkiv region in the city of Strelectha, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.
A hospital in the city of Mykolaiv was also hit by Russian shelling overnight, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said, injuring two people in other parts of the region who came under fire.
Separatist forces in Donetsk accused Ukraine of killing one prisoner and wounding four after forces backed by Kyiv struck a POW colony.
The latest victims come as disgusting photos surfaced on Sunday showing alleged “torture chambers” used by Russian forces against Ukrainians. The EU chief has called for an investigation into possible war crimes by the Kremlin.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on Saturday that “in the liberated areas of the Kharkiv region, more than 10 torture chambers have already been found in various cities and towns”.
With mail wires
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