Russian rockets hit military and civilian targets in Donbass region, Ukrainian officials say

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A heavily damaged factory was seen in the small town of Merefa in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region on Monday after Russian rockets hit the area. Photo by Sergei Kozlov/EPA-EFE

August 2 (UPI) — The Ukrainian military said on Tuesday that Russian forces had carried out heavy shelling along the entire eastern front line in the Donbass region, attacking military and civilian infrastructure.

Ukrainian officials said Moscow had mainly focused on holding Russian positions to prevent counterattacks and carrying out reconnaissance missions.

Officials also blamed the Russian attacks on a strike by university dormitories in the southern port city of Mykolaiv, where fighting has resumed since late last week.

Vitalii Kim, head of the Mykolaiv regional administration, said the attack happened before dawn on Tuesday.

“At the time of the bombing, a building security guard was injured,” Kim said, according to CNN. “According to preliminary information, one of the quarters was hit by MLRS Smerch, the other by S-300 missiles.”

Kyiv’s general staff on Tuesday reported several Ukrainian successes against Russian advances.

The general staff said Ukrainian troops repelled Russian assaults around Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast, which is one of the two regions that make up Donbass. The other is Lugansk province.

The general staff said Moscow had also deployed several units near the villages of Bairak and Dementiivka in Kharkiv Oblast, but were pushed back by Ukrainian troops. Russia also unsuccessfully attempted to storm an area near the village of Trudoliubivka in Kherson Oblast, they said.

Tuesday’s fighting came after the United States announced an additional $550 million in military weaponry for Ukraine. The weapons are thought to come from Department of Defense stockpile, US officials said.

The delivery is the 17th to Ukraine and part of more than $8 billion in US-funded weapons for Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion.

Meanwhile, Russian officials said on Tuesday that a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan was helping to destabilize the geopolitical landscape.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the United States is “bringing destabilization to the world” by sending Pelosi to Taiwan, which China considers separatist territory. Beijing has repeatedly warned the United States against allowing Pelosi to visit the island.

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