US warns of Russian attacks on Ukrainian government facilities

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Russian soldier guarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (file image)

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Washington: The United States warned on Tuesday that Russia could target Ukrainian government facilities in the coming days. Notably, Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out the assassination of Darya Dugina, the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s aide Aleksandr Dugin. Moscow vowed retaliation. However, Ukraine has denied these allegations.

The United States Embassy in Kyiv has issued a security alert. He asked all US nationals to leave Ukraine. “The State Department has information that Russia is intensifying its efforts to launch strikes against civilian infrastructure and government facilities in Ukraine in the coming days.” said the US embassy in Kyiv, quoted by AFP.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials have warned of Russian attacks around the country’s Independence Day on August 24. Notably, large gatherings have been banned in Kyiv as celebrations will be muted this year.
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Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said an investigation was underway into Dugina’s murder. He further added that there would be “no mercy” for those who carried out the attack.

However, Zelensky denied these accusations. Dugina was killed in a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow. She died when her Toyota Land Cruiser was torn apart by a powerful explosion. The incident happened about 20 km west of Moscow.

Earlier in the day, Lavrov spoke with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna and discussed a planned visit by independent inspectors to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The recent assault on the plant has raised serious concerns of a Chernobyl-type nuclear disaster. The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused Ukraine of bombing Europe’s largest nuclear facility.

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