The US State Department on Monday issued a security alert that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days.
The US Embassy in Kyiv has urged US citizens still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately.
“If you hear a loud explosion or sirens activate, seek cover immediately,” the State Department said in its warning.
“If you are inside a house or building, go to the lowest level of the structure with the fewest exterior walls, windows, and openings; Close all doors and sit near an interior wall, away from windows or openings.”
The State Department issued the alert after US intelligence agencies released a finding Monday that found Russia was increasingly targeting Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, according to a US official familiar with the intelligence agency.
The officer was not authorized to comment publicly on the find and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The new information comes as Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine is set to hit the six-month mark on Wednesday, coinciding with Ukraine’s independence day from Soviet rule.
President Joe Biden spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday about concerns over shelling near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine and urged the United Nations nuclear watchdog to close the plant to visit.
However, the official said the intelligence finding was not specifically linked to concerns regarding Zaporizhia.
The Biden administration is struggling to keep Western allies – and Washington – focused on keeping the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said Monday “the most important thing that’s going on in the world right now is to beat the Russians in Ukraine.”
At a luncheon event in Scott County, Kentucky, McConnell said the only fear he had was that the US and others would “everyone sort of lose interest” as the war dragged on.
“We have to stay with them,” McConnell said. “It is important for us and the rest of the world that they succeed.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/us-russia-looks-to-step-up-hits-on-ukraine-infrastructure-and-civilians-41930409.html US: Russia tries to step up attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure and civilians