Russian forces bomb Sumy region 200 times in one day: Ukraine

The governor of a region in north-east Ukraine said the Russian military had opened a days-long bombardment of several cities that did not claim any casualties but damaged buildings and crops.

Sumy Region governor Dmytro Zhivytskyi said in a telegram on Friday that Russian forces launched a total of nearly 200 rocket attacks that began in the morning and continued into the evening. The accusation is just the latest in relation to the bombing by Russian forces of Sumy, which shares a border with Russia.

Zhivytskyi said in the post that the attack began at 11 am on Friday in Yunakivka and Khotin municipalities, involving mortar fire, a volley of rockets, artillery and an airstrike. A field of wheat was burned as a result of the shelling and damages are being charged, he said.

Ukrainian soldier in Sumy
The governor of Ukraine’s Sumy region said Russia bombed them in nearly 200 attacks in one day. Above: A Ukrainian army soldier stands guard at a position in the northeastern Sumy region on August 2, 2022, as the Russo-Ukrainian war entered its 159th day.
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According to Zhivytskyi, after 1 p.m., Russian forces targeted the village of Mykolayivka with a total of 60 attacks. Later that afternoon, Esman was attacked and fired on with over 40 punches, he said.

“At least two households, a fence and outbuildings were damaged by the shelling,” Zhivytskyi said in the Post.

Finally, at 18:30, Russian forces began shelling Shalyhyne, followed by jet artillery, according to Zhivytskyi.

Other parts of Ukraine, notably the Black Sea coast and the Donbass region, saw more intense fighting during the war. But Zhivytskyi and other Ukrainian officials have reported several incidents in which Sumy Region was attacked by Russian forces.

Earlier this week, Zhivytskyi said the Russian military shelled three towns in the region, resulting in no casualties but damaging homes and commercial buildings. In June he said Russian forces wounded a child with phosphorus bombs. In April, Zhivytskyi reported that Russians shelled the region more than 50 times in half an hour. As a result of the shelling, Ukrainian officials banned anyone from getting within a kilometer or just over half a mile of the border with Russia.

news week reported earlier this month that Ukrainian officials are investigating multiple alleged war crimes against Russia, including 2,000 illegal civilian deaths and injuries, 166 cases of torture and about 5,000 cases of damage to civilian objects. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said it has identified about 600 Russians, mostly soldiers, for war crimes including rape, torture and murder.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied war crimes allegations and have leveled similar charges against Ukraine. Mikhail Mizintsev, a Russian defense official, told state news agency TASS last month that Ukraine is dispatching agents to Sumy and other regions to threaten pro-Russian citizens.

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Rick Schindler

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