Russia ramping up attacks on critical infrastructure say aid agencies
The International Rescue Committee has warned of a concerning increase in Russian strikes on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine ahead of the upcoming winter.”We are worryingly witnessing an increased number of attacks on critical infrastructure, even in places which had been considered relatively safe to date,” said Marysia Zapasnik, IRC’s Ukraine Country Director.
“As temperatures plummet, Ukraine will likely suffer from intensified barrages of missile strikes, and a more widespread destruction,” she continued. “The combination of ongoing conflict, destroyed infrastructure, and harsh weather conditions can make life incredibly tough for the people in affected areas.”
At least 51 civilians were killed Thursday in a Russian rocket strike on a village store in Groza, eastern Ukraine, one of the deadliest attacks in recent months. The attack, which killed a child, happened on the sidelines of a Ukrainian soldier’s funeral.
Zelenskyy denounced the attack on the store and cafe in the village of Hroza as a “demonstrably brutal Russian crime” and “a completely deliberate act of terrorism.”He urged Western allies to help strengthen Ukraine’s air defences, saying that “Russian terror must be stopped.”
Plane of Wagner boss blown up by grenades on board claims Putin
Russia’s president claimed on Thursday that the plane crash which killed Yevgeny Prigozhin was caused by a hand grenade denoting.He suggested the mercenary boss may have also been on drugs.
Notorious Prigozhin died when his private plane crashed on 23 August, two months after he launched an abortive mutiny against the Kremlin. In his first comments since the crash, Putin suggested the plane was blown up from inside, saying the head of Russia’s investigative committee had reported to him a few days ago.
“Fragments of hand grenades were found in the bodies of those killed in the crash,” Putin told a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club think-tank in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.”There was no external impact on the plane – this is already an established fact,” Putin said, challenging Western reports the aircraft was shot down.