Kyiv: Russian shells set residential buildings and a hospital on fire in Vovchansk

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In today's Russian shelling of Ukraine, several civilian targets were hit, a fire was caused in a hospital and five residential buildings were destroyed in the city of Vovchansk, the local authorities announced today.

At the same time, Ukrainian officials reported that Moscow was deploying troops to eastern regions ahead of what Kyiv suspects is a new offensive on the anniversary of the start of the invasion.

The service for emergency situations in the northeastern region of Kharkiv said that last night during the shelling of the city of Vovchansk, several residential buildings and a hospital were set on fire. There were no victims in the fire.

Vovchansk is in the Kharkiv region, which was occupied by Russia at the start of the invasion and retaken by Ukraine in a counteroffensive last year. Ukraine expects that Russia may try to regain the territory it lost in that counteroffensive.

The General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said Moscow was focusing its efforts near the towns of Liman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka in the eastern Donetsk region, as well as near Kupyansk in Kharkiv Oblast.

In the Donetsk region, Russian forces continued shelling Vuledar, a mining town that was one of Moscow's key targets, the Ukrainian president's office said.

The Governor of Donetsk Province, Pavlo Kirilenko, announced that Russia had deployed a large number of its troops to the area in the past few days. - The transfer of the units of the Russian army takes place around the clock. Russian shelling is increasing, Russian pressure is increasing every day, Kirilenko said.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres last night he expressed concern about the intensification of the conflict as the end of winter approaches and added that "prospects for peace are diminishing" and "the chances of further escalation and bloodshed are increasing".

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