Russian air strike on Kupiansk kills 2, injures 1

A Russian air strike on the center of the city of Kupiansk in Kharkiv Oblast killed two people and injured at least one other, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported on Feb. 28.

Kupiansk is situated just eight kilometers (five miles) from the front line. It had a population of over 27,000 in 2020, and was occupied by Russia between February and September 2022.

Russian forces used guided aerial bombs to attack the city center, killing two men aged 59 and 39, Syniehubov said.

One woman was injured and there are likely "still people under the rubble," according to Syniehubov.

Emergency workers are at the site of the attack, where there is damage to residential buildings and civil infrastructure.

Ukraine's military warned on Feb. 27 that Russia continues concentrating its forces near Kupiansk, which remains a primary target for Russia in the region as a crucial logistics juncture.

Following the capture of Avdiivka, Russia has intensified its offensive efforts across several sectors of Ukraine's front line, likely to stretch Ukrainian forces, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported in its Feb. 21 intelligence update.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) warned that Russia could replicate its successful tactics in Avdiivka on a larger scale if the West continues to delay military assistance.

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