Presidential aide describes Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities as revenge

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Russia’s missile attacks on Ukrainian cities on Monday are a sign of its helplessness and came in revenge for its failures on the battlefield, a Polish presidential aide has said.

Numerous Ukrainian cities came under attack after Russia launched an estimated 75 missiles. The strikes appear to be a reaction to the partial destruction on Saturday of the 12-mile Kerch Strait Bridge, which Russia built in 2018 to connect its mainland with the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula.


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Jakub Kumoch, who is responsible for international policy at the Polish President’s Office, told PAP on Monday that the attacks were “state terrorism and a crime committed by Russia.”


According to Kumoch, the Russians struck civilian targets early in the morning to cause as many casualties as possible.


“All of this bears the signs of a crime,” he said.


Kumoch said that targeting Ukrainian cities by Russia was “a certain kind of helplessness and revenge for Russia’s failures in this war.”

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The successful attack on the Kerch bridge is seen as a blow to Vladimir Putin, who personally opened it in 2018 in a show of Russia’s dominance over the annexed territory. Ukraine has not confirmed its involvement in the attack on the bridge.


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