Ukraine says 11 killed overnight
Desk Report || risingbd.com
Russian shelling in Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region killed 11 people overnight, Governor Valentin Reznichenko said on Wednesday, as Britain said Russia had “almost certainly” a major role in supporting its war. A new ground army was established.
The British Defense Ministry said in a daily intelligence bulletin that the new Russian army, called the Third Army Corps, is based in the city of Mulino, east of Russia’s capital, Moscow.
The ministry also said that Russian commanders were facing “competing operational priorities” to strengthen their offensive in the Donbass region in the east, as well as to strengthen defenses against Ukrainian counterattacks in the south.
After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv at the start of the war, Russian forces have focused on the east and south, where pro-Moscow separatists have controlled the region since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
A senior Ukrainian official suggested Tuesday that a series of blasts at a Russian airport in Crimea could be the work of partisan sabotages, as Ukraine denies responsibility for the incident in Russian-held territory.
Huge plumes of smoke can be seen in videos posted on social media from Crimea, a holiday destination for many Russians. Russia used Crimea as one of the launch pads for the February 24 invasion.
Russia said the explosions, at least 12 according to witnesses, were explosions of stored ammunition, not the result of the attack.
Zelensky did not directly mention the explosions in his daily video address on Tuesday, but said it was true that people were focusing on Crimea.