Breaking news about the war between Russia and Ukraine: live updates

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Russian strikes have killed at least eight people in eastern Ukraine in 24 hours, and the death toll in a housing estate hit by Russian missiles has also risen, local officials said on Monday. the military is suspending its efforts to seize Ukrainian territory.

While the Russian military is regrouping and resupplying, their attacks on civilian targets and morale have intensified in recent days. In one city after another in eastern Ukraine, a hail of seemingly random Russian strikes by warplanes, artillery and rockets killed, maimed and terrified residents.

Attacks have intensified, in particular in Donetsk, the eastern province that is increasingly the focus of Moscow’s attention after Russian troops captured the last major city in neighboring Luhansk region this month.

In the town of Chasov Yar in eastern Ukraine, ambulance crews were still recovering the bodies of the victims of the only weekend attack on Monday. The missile attack hit the residential complex late Saturday evening, raising the death toll to 30 people. This was reported by the State Service of Ukraine for Emergency Situations.. According to him, at the moment, nine people have been removed from the rubble and rescued.

In the eastern part of the Donetsk region, which includes Chasov Yar, at least 10 cities and towns were hit, bringing the civilian death toll in the region to nearly 600 after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, according to regional military governor Pavel Kirilenko. .

Russian forces used the lull in the ground offensive to help rebuild, in accordance with a decree by President Vladimir Putin. order Last week, military analysts reported on Monday that some troops were resting after the capture of the Luhansk region. But behind the front lines, the rain of destruction continues, and many residents expect it to be just an overture to a renewed full-scale assault.

Ukrainian and Western analysts expect Mr. Putin to order a new offensive to seize the remaining Ukrainian-held territory in Donetsk, tied to the cities of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk and Bakhmut, if not more.

And on Monday, Russia signaled that it may be seeking permanent control over the Ukrainian territories currently occupied by Moscow’s forces. Insert signed a decree which offered a simplified path to Russian citizenship for all Ukrainians.

About nine miles from Chasovoy Yar, in the town of Bakhmut, officials said Russian troops fired incendiary munitions on Sunday, restricted by international law and intended to set fire to or cause burns in one area. Bakhmut, an important Ukrainian military stronghold, is less than 10 miles from Russian positions and is a likely target for its planned offensive through eastern Donbas.

Neighbors in shorts and sandals frantically hauled garden hoses towards the burning house. They threw buckets of water into the fire when the rafters and tiled roof of the house cracked and burst. “I worked 20 years in the mine and this is what I got,” said Viktor, 67, a retired miner who watched and wept.

Russia launched attacks in the northeast as well.

In the north, at about 3:40 am on Monday, a Russian rocket destroyed a school building in the Slobodsky district of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, but no one was hurt, Kharkiv regional administration head Oleg Sinegubov said. This is stated in the Telegram message. He said that a six-story apartment building in the city was fired upon 20 minutes later. Rescuers pulled an 86-year-old woman out of the rubble.

“Only civilian buildings fell under the shelling of the Russians – a shopping center and houses of peaceful Kharkiv residents,” he said. Sinegubov said.

The recent attacks appear to differ from Russia’s earlier tactics in the war, such as its failed blitzkrieg in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and then its concentrated week-long bombardments of major regional cities, military analysts say. The latest attacks had hit many targets without a corresponding attempt to advance inch by inch.