After months of posturing while simultaneously denying any plans to attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assaults on multiple cities in Ukraine began overnight on Feb. 24 and have continued day and night since then.
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The month of October was peppered with a series of Russian air strikes in Ukraine. On Oct. 10, Russia launched the largest air strikes since the start of the Ukraine war and the strikes continued the following day. The strikes targeted Ukrainian cities, killing civilians and knocking out power and heat. A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said, “Attacks targeting civilians and objects indispensable to the survival of civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law.”
The UN Secretary-General expressed deep shock at the missile attacks and the Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine condemned the deadly attacks. Twenty-nine humanitarian agencies released a statement calling for the upholding of international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians. Ukrainian authorities reported damage to critical civilian infrastructure in 12 of 24 oblasts.
Another wave of missile attacks on urban centers in Ukraine occurred on Oct. 31, causing power outages in 10 out of Ukraine’s 24 regions. Civilians were injured, and water supplies were also disrupted. The attack was the fifth time in October such an attack had occurred on energy infrastructure across Ukraine.