PARIS, France – The Russian military said Tuesday it will carry out strikes against the facilities in Kyiv, warning civilians living near the areas to leave.
The Russians will target the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the 72nd Main Center for Information and Psychological Operations (PSO) in Kyiv, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement Tuesday via Russian state news agency TASS.
‘In order to suppress information attacks against Russia, the technological facilities of the SBU and the 72nd main PSO center in Kyiv will be hit with high – precision weapons,’ ‘the statement said, according to TASS. ‘We call on Ukrainian citizens attracted by Ukrainian nationalists to carry out provocations against Russia, as well as residents of Kyiv living near relay nodes leave their homes’.
Speaking about the ‘relay nodes’, CNN’s Clarissa Ward said, ‘we understand that to mean communication towers. So large antennas, things of that nature.’
‘This is not a surprise in a sense that people here have been bracing themselves for an uptick in the Russian onslaught. Up until now, most attack have really been targeting the outskirts of the city. But now it appears that things will move to the center of the capital as so many had feared’, Ward said.
A massive 40 – mile – long Russian military convoy – made up of armored vehicles, tanks, toward artillery and other logistical vehicles – has reached the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, according to satellite images from Maxar Technologies.
Russia has repeatedly claimed it is not hitting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. But social media videos, photos and satellite images analyzed and geolocated by CNN confirm that on several occasions densely populated areas have been hit by Russian forces.
In the past two days, accelerated strikes on the second – largest city of Kharkiv that have struck civilians suggests Russia is shifting toward a far less – restrained bombing campaign, in contrast with its earlier attacks that were more focused on military.