Mariupol city destruction

Russian troops continued to attack cities throughout Ukraine on Tuesday, with heavy shelling of Sumy in the north, cluster bombs hitting Mykolaiv, and a missile strike on Odesa in the south.

After failing to seize Kyiv at the start of the invasion on February 24, Russia has moved to a campaign of deadly bombardments to solidify and expand its dominance over Ukraine’s south and east.

According to Ukraine, Russian troops have increased long-distance attacks on sites distant from the battle lines, killing a substantial number of civilians. Moscow claims to have attacked military targets.

During the five-month struggle, Russia launched around 3,000 cruise missiles and an unimaginable number of artillery rounds, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Zelenskiy suspended the country’s security head and top prosecutor over the weekend, claiming they failed to expel Russian agents from their institutions. 

Despite his admission of Russian infiltration of the SBU, US officials indicated on Monday that Washington will continue to provide information that Kyiv needs to counter to Moscow’s assaults. 

For European nations worried about the effect of conflict and sanctions on gas supply, this week might be critical.

Russia is expected to restore its major natural gas pipeline to Germany, Nord Stream 1, in the coming days for routine maintenance, but Europeans are concerned that Moscow may keep it closed.

According to a letter obtained by Reuters, Russia’s Gazprom, which controls the pipeline, has informed clients in Europe that it cannot guarantee gas deliveries due to “extraordinary” conditions, increasing the ante in an economic tussle with the West. 

Source: Reuters

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