Ukraine-Russia war live updates: UK intelligence chief warns Russia is moving to ‘attrition strategy’ that will deepen humanitarian crisis

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UK intelligence chief warns Russia is turning to ‘attrition strategy’

British Defense Intelligence Chief Lt. Gen. Jim Hockenhull warns that after failing to take key Ukrainian cities, Russian forces are turning to an “attrition strategy” that will lead to “reckless and indiscriminate use firepower”, resulting in increased civilian casualties and a worsening humanitarian crisis.

In town after town around Ukraine, hospitals, schools and buildings where people sought shelter were attacked.

Rescuers continue to search for survivors in the ruins of a theater that served as a shelter when it was destroyed by a Russian airstrike in the besieged southern city of Mariupol.

Ludmyla Denisova, Ukrainian parliament’s human rights commissioner, said at least 130 people survived the theater bombing.

“But according to our data, there are still more than 1,300 people in those basements, in that air-raid shelter,” Denisova told Ukrainian television. “We are praying they are all alive, but so far there is no information about them.”

Early morning barrages also hit a residential building in kyiv’s Podil district, killing at least one person, according to emergency services, which said 98 people had been evacuated from the building. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 19 people were injured in the shelling.

Two other people were killed when strikes hit residential and administrative buildings in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, according to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

Major General Oleksandr Pavlyuk, who leads the defense of the region around the Ukrainian capital, said his forces were well placed to defend the city and vowed: “We will never give up. We will fight until the end. end. To the last breath and to the last bullet.”

The fighting has led nearly 3.3 million people to flee Ukraine, while another 6.5 million have left their homes for other parts of the country, according to the UN.

The death toll remains uncertain, although thousands of civilians and soldiers on both sides are believed to have been killed. World leaders have demanded that Russia be investigated for possible war crimes for its attacks on civilians.

Reports by AP

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