Russian forces shell three communities in Sumy Oblast, causing injuries and destruction

31 March, 11:13 AM
Consequences of shelling of Sumy Oblast (Photo:Kordon.Media/Telegram)

Consequences of shelling of Sumy Oblast (Photo:Kordon.Media/Telegram)

The Russian military fired at three communities of Sumy Oblast with various types of weapons, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported on Telegram on March 30.

The enemy shelled the areas around the communities of Bilopolska, Seredyno-Budska and Krasnopilska. The occupiers used grenade launchers and mortars.

Two explosive objects of the VOG grenade type were dropped by the Russians from a drone in the community of Krasnopilska, resulting in an injury to a local resident.

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Russian invasion troops regularly shell civilian residential areas in Sumy Oblast and other Ukrainian oblasts close to Russian territory or Russian-occupied territory, including Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Mykolaiv oblasts.

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.

Russia claims to have annexed Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts, but it does not have complete control over any of them. It lost control of the city of Kherson – the only major Ukrainian regional center it managed to capture in its full-scale invasion – in early November last year, and has so far been forced to retreat from small parts of Zhytomyr Oblast, and parts of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy Kharkiv, Luhansk and Kherson oblasts.

About 18% of Ukraine’s internationally recognized territory remains under Russian occupation – including Ukraine’s Crimea and the parts of the Donbas, which 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.

In terms of international law, Crimea remains Ukrainian territory under Russian military occupation.

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