Ukraine has reported extensive shelling of its cities and villages by Russian forces.
On Wednesday, Ukraine reported that Russia bombarded a total of 118 towns and villages, the highest number within a 24-hour period in the last year.
The Interior Ministry of Ukraine reported that the shelling occurred in 10 different regions.
According to local authorities, two individuals were reportedly killed in overnight attacks – one in the Kharkiv region and the other in the Kherson region.
During daylight hours, a 59-year-old woman was killed and four others were injured in the city of Nikopol in southern Ukraine. In a separate incident, a 52-year-old man was killed in a strike in Zaporizhzhia.
Ukraine reported that Russia had launched an assault on an oil refinery located in the industrial hub of Kremenchuk. Approximately 100 firefighters worked to extinguish the fire for several hours, but there were no reports of any injuries resulting from the attack.
The Ukrainian military has not been successful in making major progress on the front lines during their counterattack.
Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy defended the war strategies in a statement Tuesday, saying that expectations of rapid success weren’t realistic and that some accomplishments had been taken for granted.
Russia has been increasing domestic weapons production and tapping foreign allies for support. According to The Associated Press, South Korean lawmaker Yoo Sang-bum on Wednesday said Seoul intelligence thought North Korea had shipped more than a million artillery shells to Russia via ships and other modes of transport since early August to help boost Russia’s warfighting capabilities in Ukraine.
Ukraine has also turned to its allies for support, with Western countries continuing to provide billions of dollars in aid and military materials.
This report contains information from The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse.