The Russian armed forces “do not strike civilian targets, civilian infrastructure,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He was responding to a question about military strikes in the Odessa region that Ukraine said killed at least 20 people Friday at an apartment building and a recreation center.
The Russian military “strikes warehouses of military ammunition, at enterprises where training and repair of military equipment, storage of ammunition, places of concentration, training and education of mercenaries,” Peskov added. However, he provided no evidence that the buildings struck Friday had been put to any military use.
Last month, the British Defense Ministry also warned that Soviet-era weapons designed for use against ships are being used against land targets in Ukraine and that they are “highly inaccurate and therefore can cause severe collateral damage and casualties.”