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Russian military chief orders reinforcement of troops in Ukraine

The Russian army is stepping up its operations in Ukraine after months of bitter conflict which has already left tens of thousands dead or displaced.

The operations were necessary to protect territory in eastern Ukraine currently under Russian control, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Shoigu “gave the necessary instructions to further increase the actions of the groups in all operational areas in order to exclude the possibility of the Kyiv regime launching massive rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and the inhabitants of the settlements of the Donbass and other regions,” read a statement. posted on the ministry’s website on Saturday.

The disturbing publication came amid days of relentless missile attacks by Russia. At least 34 people have been killed in the past three days with air raid sirens blaring non-stop across the country, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The latest casualties were in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, where Russian missiles hit a rocket factory and a street, killing three people and injuring 15 others, the BBC reported. Two people were killed in the town of Nikopol, just south of Dnipro, while three were killed in the northern city of Kharkiv after Russian rockets hit a house.

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Russia is trying to protect the areas it has seized in eastern Ukraine.
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“There are no such words in normal human language that can describe the state in which the Russian state has deteriorated,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech late Friday. “We will certainly restore everything they destroyed… But Russian society with so many murderers and executioners will remain paralyzed for generations, and through its own fault.”

Zelensky also used the remarks to announce a seventh round of sanctions against Russia from the European Union and to thank the United States and President Biden for their continued financial assistance.

“Over the past two weeks, $3 billion has been transferred to the Ukrainian budget from the United States of America, allowing us to meet the current social needs of Ukrainians today. America is truly a leader in the global defense of freedom,” Zelensky said.

At least 34 people in Ukraine have been killed in the past three days.
At least 34 people in Ukraine have been killed in the past three days.
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Meanwhile, the Russians are looking to buy weapons-capable drones from Iran, according to a report.

A Russian delegation visited an Iranian airfield twice recently where Iran displayed its Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 drones, CNN said.

Drones are capable of carrying precision-guided missiles.

“We have information that the Iranian government is preparing to supply Russia with several hundred drones, including weapons-capable drones,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the network in a statement.

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