The Russian military is stepping up operations in Ukraine after months of bitter conflict that have already left tens of thousands dead or displaced.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the operations were necessary to protect territory in eastern Ukraine that is currently under Russian control.
Shoigu “gave the necessary instructions to further increase the actions of groups in all theaters of operations in order to eliminate the possibility that the Kiev regime will launch massive rocket and artillery attacks on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbass and other regions,” it said in a statement released on the ministry’s website on Saturday.
The ominous post came amid days of relentless missile attacks by Russia. At least 34 people have been killed in the past three days as air raid sirens blared nonstop across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The latest casualties occurred in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, where Russian missiles struck a missile factory and a road, killing three and wounding 15 others, the BBC reported. Two people were killed in the city of Nikopol, south of Dnipro, while three were killed in the northern city of Kharkiv after Russian missiles hit a house.
“There are no such words in ordinary human language that could describe the state to which the Russian state has degraded,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a speech late Friday night. “We will definitely restore everything they destroyed… But Russian society, with so many murderers and executioners, will remain crippled for generations, through their own fault.”
Zelenskyi also used the comments to announce a seventh package of European Union sanctions against Russia and thanked the United States and President Biden for continued financial support.
“Over the past two weeks, $3 billion has been transferred from the United States to the Ukrainian budget, and this allows us to provide the current social needs of Ukrainians today. America is truly a leader in the global defense of freedom,” Zelenskyi said.
Meanwhile, according to a report, the Russians want to buy weaponized drones from Iran.
A delegation from Russia recently twice visited an Iranian airfield where Iran demonstrated its Shahed 191 and Shahed 129 drones, CNN said.
The drones are capable of carrying precision-guided missiles.
“We have information that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with several hundred UAVs, including weaponized UAVs,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the network in a statement.
With postal wires
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