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Russian forces shell Sumy Oblast 165 times

by Abbey Fenbert August 4, 2023 5:34 AM 1 min read
A hole created by an aerial bomb in the Sumy border community of Bilopillia, March 2023. (Photo by Andriy Kramchenkov/Suspilne Ukraine/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Russian troops shelled nine communities in Sumy Oblast on Aug. 3, resulting in 165 explosions, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported via Telegram.

The communities of Bilopillia, Esman, Khotin, Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Druzhbiv, Novoslobidske, Miropillia, and Yunakivka came under fire, the administration said.

In addition to artillery shelling, Russian forces attacked the Sumy border with machine guns, grenade launchers, mortar shelling, and tank shelling.

The administration reported no casualties or damage to civilian infrastructure.

The border communities of Sumy Oblast endure daily attacks from Russian forces. Shelling has become a fact of life in the border region since parts of the oblast were liberated in April 2022.

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