Russian forces shell five communities in Sumy Oblast
Consequences of shelling in the Sumy Oblast (Photo:Кордон.Медіа/Telegram)
Invading Russian forces shelled five communities in the north-central Ukrainian region of Sumy Oblast over the past day, in a series of cross-border attacks far from the scene on active fighting on the front lines, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported on Facebook on April 10.
The Ukrainian border communities were fired on from Russian territory, with 118 hits being recorded in the communities of Bilopillia, Khotin, Velyka Pysarivka, Myropillia, and Shalyhyne.
The enemy used mortars and automatic grenade launchers. In addition, the invaders dropped explosives from UAVs.
Power lines were damaged in the community of Khotin.
However, as before, there is no indication that the Russians plan to resume ground attacks or to attempt another invasion of the oblast.
“According to military reports, the operational situation in the border areas of Sumy Oblast is under control,” the report says.
“The formation of enemy offensive groups near the state border has not been detected.”
Russian invasion troops regularly shell civilian residential areas in Sumy and other Ukrainian oblasts close to Russian territory or Russian-occupied territory, including Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Mykolaiv. The attacks appear to have no military goal, but to have the aim of terrorizing civilians in Ukraine.
The International Criminal Court recently announced that it was opening two war crimes cases against Russia, one of which concerns illegal attacks on civilian infrastructure.
About 18% of Ukraine’s internationally recognized territory remains under Russian occupation — including Ukraine’s Crimea and the parts of the Donbas that were invaded by Russia in 2014.
The Kremlin falsely declared it had annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 — but this claim has only been recognized by a handful of the world’s rogue and pariah states.
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