Conflicts & War

Russia attacks 130 villages with artillery fire: Ukraine General Staff

Kyiv, Nov 28 (EFE).- Russian forces have attacked at least 130 villages in eight Ukrainian regions in the eastern arc tracing the Russian border, Kyiv’s General Staff of the Armed Forces reported Tuesday.

“More than 130x settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kherson oblasts came under artillery fire” on Monday, the General Staff reported.

“The adversary continues to ignore the laws and customs of warfare, using the terror tactics, launching missile and air strikes, and firing multiple launch rocket systems not only at the military, but also at numerous civilian targets across Ukraine.”

It also said that Russian troops were carrying out “active subversive activities” in Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna, in the provinces of Donetsk and Kharkiv respectively, to force Ukraine to keep troops there and prevent them from being used to reinforce the defense of hot spots in other areas.

“The adversary increases the density of minefields along the state border in Belgorod oblast,” it added.

The most active axis once again is that which extends around the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk, where Russia continues trying to surround the city and where Ukrainian forces repelled a total of 23 attacks on Monday, the General Staff said.

According to the Center for Defense Strategies, a Kyiv think tank that reports daily on the course of the war, the Russian Army has made progress in several areas of the Avdiivka axis.

Since Oct. 10, Russia has launched several offensives on this town near the city of Donetsk, the capital of the region of the same name, in which it has lost thousands of men and numerous military equipments.

In recent days the Russians have reduced the intensity of air strikes, as well as the number of armored vehicles they are using in this part of the front, where they nevertheless continue with infantry attacks, according to the Center for Defense Strategies. EFE


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