- In the meantime, the Kremlin said that the Ukrainian army had hurt civilians in areas it had just taken back.
The Russian military said Tuesday that it had launched “massive strikes” on all front lines in Ukraine after Kyiv’s forces made big gains in a counteroffensive.
In its daily briefing on the conflict, the Russian defence ministry said, “Air, rocket, and artillery forces are carrying out massive strikes on units of the Ukrainian armed forces in all operational directions.”
Russia has pulled back its forces from large parts of northeast Ukraine, especially the Kharkiv region, after Ukrainian troops launched a quick counter-offensive to take back territory held by Moscow’s forces.
In a statement, the defence ministry said it had hit Ukrainian positions around Sloviansk and Konstantinovka in the eastern Donetsk region with “high-precision” strikes.
Since 2014, Moscow-backed separatists have had some control over the area. In recent days, Russian forces in the area have been fighting hard with Ukrainian forces.
In the meantime, the Kremlin said that the Ukrainian army had hurt civilians in areas it had just taken back.
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said that there were reports of “outrageous” treatment of civilians in the Kharkiv area.
“There are a lot of punishments,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “People are being tortured, mistreated, and so on.”