State Department advises US citizens to leave Ukraine now, says Russia is ‘escalating its efforts’ against civilians

“It is simply impossible to count Russian artillery strikes,” he said.

The murder of Darya Dugina – daughter of Russian ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin – in a car explosion over the weekend has prompted some Russian nationalists to call for more strikes in Ukraine. Russia blamed the Ukrainians for Dugina’s death, while Ukraine suggested it could be the result of Russian infighting.

The war has killed 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers, Ukrainian General Valerii Zaluzhnyi said this week. The United Nations estimated that 5,587 civilians were killed in the Russian attacks.

The violence also raised fears of nuclear dangers; Russian attacks near a nuclear power plant in Nikopol on Monday left four injured. President Joe Biden and other world leaders have called on Russia to end its attacks near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

The world is facing a “moment of maximum danger” in terms of nuclear risk, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

Elsewhere in the war, the Ukrainian military said it rammed a strategically important bridge in the Russian-occupied Kherson region on Monday. The war has spanned six months of conflict between the two countries, starting this week.

The State Department has warned U.S. citizens on the go that the war in Ukraine is volatile and could “escalate without warning.”

Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine in late February.

Christopher Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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