Experts: Russia may step up attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine

Experts warn that Russia may launch more attacks on Ukraine's civilian infrastructure as Ukrainian forces intensify their counteroffensive in the east and south.

Ukrainian forces say they have recaptured much of the eastern region of Kharkiv, and are believed to be advancing to the Donbas.

A US think tank, the Institute for the Study of War, said on Saturday that Russia has failed to rush large-scale reinforcements to northeastern Ukraine and its forces are becoming vulnerable.

Ukrainian forces are also stepping up their counteroffensive in the southern region of Kherson. They indicated on social media on Saturday that Russian forces appear to be preparing to withdraw.

Britain's defense ministry said on Sunday that Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure in the past seven days.

It analyzes that such moves are intended to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and the government.

Russian forces have recently attacked civilian infrastructure, such as the electricity grid and a dam.

Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to such attacks as a warning, and suggested that Russia's response will become more serious if Ukraine's counteroffensive continues.