Ukraine war: Russia was prepared to use artillery against inhabited areas in Chernihiv, says UK

Russia-Ukraine war: Pointing to what is said was the ‘scale of damage’ to residential buildings in the region, the UK said Moscow would've shown ‘minimal regard to discrimination or proportionality.’
A market shelled by Russia in Chenihiv, on March 30. (AP Photo/Vladislav Savenok)
A market shelled by Russia in Chenihiv, on March 30. (AP Photo/Vladislav Savenok)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:17 PM IST
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The United Kingdom on Tuesday said Russia was prepared for artillery strike against inhabited areas in Chernihiv, to the north of Ukraine’s Capital, Kyiv, pointing to what it said was the ‘scale of damage’ to residential buildings caused by Moscow’s troops in the region.

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“Approximately 3,500 building are estimated to have been destroyed or damaged during Russia’s abandoned advance towards the Ukrainian capital. 80% of the damage has been caused to residential buildings. The scale of this damage indicates Russia’s preparedness to use artillery against inhabited areas, with minimal regard to discrimination or proportionality,” the UK’s Ministry of defence informed on Twitter.

 

The ministry, which provides daily updates on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, further said, “Russia has likely resorted to an increased reliance on indiscriminate artillery bombardment due to a limited target acquisition capability, and an unwillingness to risk flying combat aircraft routinely beyond its own frontlines.”

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The UK also projected that Moscow, in a bid to regain momentum in its advance in the Donbas area, would keep relying ‘heavily’ on massed artillery strikes.

 

At various times during its ‘special military operation’ on its neighbour soil, Russia has been accused of targeting common civilians, with the most serious allegations against its forces coming from Bucha. The Kremlin has, however, denied targeting civilians and, in case of the Bucha killings, called it a ‘cynical false flag’ operation by Kyiv.

Also Read | Russian shelling kills 10 civilians in Ukraine's Sievierodonetsk

The killings resulted in Russia being suspended from the primary membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

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