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Russia Pummels Ukraine With Missiles and Drone Strikes

The attacks have injured countless civilians

Russia launched missile and drone strikes across Ukraine on Thursday — its second major barrage this week — injuring scores of civilians and damaging critical infrastructure in the country’s south and east, Ukrainian officials said.

The bombardment was the latest in a relentless assault on Ukraine’s energy systems that started early last month, and it highlighted Moscow’s narrowed strategic options following a string of battlefield defeats including its retreat from Kherson city in the south.

With its ground forces battered and losing territory, Russia has resorted to long-range bombing, while it struggles to train and equip tends of thousands of new conscripts, many of whom may have no desire to fight in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s failing war, especially with the weather growing colder. On Thursday, the first snow of the season fell in Kyiv.

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