Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu today gave the order to dramatically increase so-called shock and fear attacks against Ukraine.
He claimed that Kremlin forces should “rule out the possibility of the Kyiv regime inflicting massive rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of Donbass and other regions,” according to reports in Moscow.
This followed a field inspection by Putin’s loyal defense minister – and a meeting of the National Security Council led by Vladimir Putin.
Emergency services attend the horrific scene in central Vinnytsya on Thursday afternoon
Seven-year-old Maxim Zharyi and 35-year-old Victoria Rekuta were both killed in the attack on Thursday
Shoigu’ gave instructions to further increase the shares of [military] groups in all operational areas,” local reports said.
It was unclear whether the minister’s talks with military leaders were in Russia or occupied Ukraine.
The ominous threat from Shoigu came as more details emerged of the tragic victims of Thursday’s sickening Russian strike on the western Ukrainian town of Vinnytsya.
The death toll now stands at 24.
The ominous threat from Shoigu came as further details emerged of the tragic victims of Thursday’s sickening Russian strike. Pictured: Bomb damage in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine
Liza Dmitrieva, four, was in her pram when a ship-fired missile hit her, killing her instantly
Footage showed a seven-year-old boy whose remains could only be recognized from his DNA after he was hit by one of Putin’s missiles on his way to a doctor’s appointment .
Alina Kisel, 25, was working in a bank when the Russian missile hit, killing her
Maxim Zharyi died along with his mother Victoria Rekuta, 35, a trained dentist, in the shocking attack on a town hundreds of miles from the eastern frontline.
The couple had been to the Neuromed clinic, which was hit by a missile fired from a Russian warship in the Black Sea.
Ksenia Denisyuk, Victoria’s friend, said: “He was a wonderful, bright and kind child.
“Together they went to a clinic.
“It was the moment when the terrorist country [Russia] hit the medical center.
“Maxim could only be identified with a DNA test.
Horror footage showed the scale of destruction in the southwestern Ukrainian city
“The whole world should know that Russia is a terrorist state.”
Another boy, eight-year-old Kirill Pyakhin, died in the rocket attack as he waited in a parked car with his uncle while his grandmother collected money from a nearby bank.
This is the same attack in which four-year-old Liza Dmitrieva was killed in her stroller and her mother Irina, 33, seriously injured.
Eight-year-old Kirill Pyakhin was waiting for his grandmother in a car with his uncle. He has been killed
Alina Kisel, 35, was also killed when a tree fell due to the missile attack.
She was in the backyard of the bank where she worked and “died instantly”.
Four other bank employees were hospitalized.
Meanwhile, Shoigu presented the Gold Star of Russia Hero Medals to Colonel-General Alexander Lapin and Major-General Esedulla Abachev.
A man sorts through his belongings following Thursday’s rocket attack on Vinnytsya
A 70-year-old woman was among three victims of an airstrike on Chuhuiv near Kharkiv overnight.
A regional police official said Russia fired four missiles from the town of Belgorod, near the west, around 3:30 a.m.
The strike damaged a two-story residential building, a school and a store, Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Synehubov said.
The shortened and straightened Ukrainian defensive line in the east succeeded in repelling the Russian attacks, according to the British Ministry of Defence.
Its daily intelligence update this morning stated that “the Ukrainian defense has successfully repelled Russian attacks since the surrender of Lysychansk and the Ukrainian defensive line has been shortened and straightened”.
He added: “It helped to concentrate force and fire against reduced Russian attacks and helped reduce Russia’s momentum.”