02 October 2022,   07:49
175th day of war in Ukraine - Russian forces shelled a residential area in Kharkiv with a 9A52-4 Tornado

According to the regional Prosecutor’s Office, Russian forces shelled a residential area in Kharkiv with a 9A52-4 Tornado, the country"s newest multiple rocket launcher.

In the Donetsk region at the forefront of the Russian offensive, 2 civilians were killed and 7 others were wounded by recent Russian shelling of several towns and villages. Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of Donetsk region, confirmed the latest casualties. The area has been the subject of heavy shelling by the Russian military in recent weeks as they try to make tactical advances in Donbas.

A recreation centre has been destroyed and 3 people injured after Russian shelling in Odesa. Sergey Bratchuk, a representative of the Odesa military administration, said a fire broke out and nearby buildings were damaged after the attack.

The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, has warned residents of the city to prepare for a tough winter. In a video posted to his social media accounts, he said: “It’s likely that we’re in for a difficult winter. It’s logical – there can’t be anything simple in a country that fights for its independence. But we have to be prepared for everything”.

There could be more attacks in the “next 2 – 3 months” similar to the strikes in Crimea, a key adviser to Ukraine’s president said in an interview with the Guardian. Mykhailo Podolyak said Ukraine was engaged in a counteroffensive aimed at creating “chaos within Russian forces” by striking at the invaders’ supply lines deep into occupied territories.

Ukraine has hinted it was behind a series of mysterious and devastating strikes in occupied Crimea that destroyed a key railway junction used for supplying Russian troops and a military airbase. Several explosions on Tuesday appeared to have destroyed a Russian ammunition depot and an electricity substation about 125 miles (200km) from the frontline with Ukrainian forces. Russia blamed saboteurs for orchestrating the series of explosions.