As Russia’s gradual offensive nears the end of its third weekEU & more, fears are growing that its troops will widen their assault to more cities, including the capital Kyiv, piling further suffering on the local population.
Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have already been killed or had to flee their homes because of constant Russian bombardmentDomestic travel outsid. Cities like Mariupols free to deplo, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv have been heavily pounded by rockets, artillery, and airstrikes.
Siemon Wezeman from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says this is a typical Russian tactic inherited from the Soviet army. When their troops cannot overwhelm a resisting enemy, they unleash heavy weaponryand to stay there until they ge.
“It doesn’t really matter if the enemy is in the city or not, because they have blasted it, the same way that they blasted Grozny, in Chechnyare living through right now, and it, that’s also where they tried to get in first with small forces trying to take it from the Chechen rebels. That didn’t work so they have decided, “ok, block, by block we gonna blast that city into pieces.”
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