New escalation of violence in Russia’s war on Ukraine

A residential building damaged by Russian airstrikes in Kyiv, Ukraine A residential building damaged by Russian airstrikes in Kyiv, Ukraine Maksym Pozniak-Haraburda via Unsplash

10 October 2022

About 20 civilians killed and more than 100 left injured by Russian missile strikes across Ukraine

As reported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), on the morning of Monday 10 October Russia struck cities in most regions of Ukraine, allegedly as a retaliation for the explosion on Kerch bridge – connecting the Russian Federation to the annexed territory of the Crimean peninsula – that had taken place on Saturday. As a matter of fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed to have ordered massive strikes after the attacks on the Crimean bridge, that he called an “act of terrorism”.

The Russian military carried out a wave of airstrikes on large urban centers in Ukraine, mainly the capital Kyiv and Lviv in the west, Dnipro in the center, and Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia in eastern Ukraine. These attacks resulted in civilian casualties, as well as in the damage of some critical infrastructures and energy facilities, and a consequent disruption of power and water supplies in some areas.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has defined the latest developments as yet another “unacceptable escalation” of the war, underlining how civilians are the ones paying the highest price of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Volunteer groups and humanitarian organizations are working to assist people affected by the strikes, helping them evacuate and providing first aid. Local authorities are working to restore the targeted water and energy networks.

The international community has increased diplomatic pressure on Russia, in an attempt to isolate Putin on the international scene. On Wednesday, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russia’s annexation of the four partially-occupied regions in Ukraine and calling for efforts to de-escalate the conflict through negotiations.

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by Laura Maschio

 

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