Kharkiv, Ukraine — Major cities across Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, were targeted yet again by Russian cruise missiles and drones in the early morning hours of Friday. Russia has upped the intensity of its aerial attacks in recent weeks, attempting to disrupt preparations for a long-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive.
One missile slammed into a clinic in the eastern city of Dnipro later Friday morning, killing at least one person and wounding 15 more, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Twitter, calling it “another crime against humanity.”
An image from video shared on Twitter by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shows damage from what he said was a deadly Russian missile strike on a clinic in the southeast city of Dnipro, May 26, 2023
But there has also been an increase in attacks inside Russia. Dissident groups of Russian nationals opposed to President Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine have carried out attacks in border cities including Bryansk and Belgorod.
From a bomb blast in Moscow that killed a vocal advocate of the Ukraine invasion, to the most recent cross-border raids in Russia’s Belgorod region there’s been increasing evidence of armed resistance to Putin’s war, inside Russia.
A collection of disparate anti-Kremlin armed groups are behind the attacks. They have divergent political views and ideologies, but they’re united by a common goal: