Russian DM intends to step up strikes on Western weapons

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said his forces will carry out more strikes in Ukraine against logistics centers and storage bases for weapons provided by the US and Europe.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Shoigu said, "The Kyiv regime was unable to achieve its goals in the counteroffensive prepared by NATO instructors. Our military personnel have dispelled the myth of the superiority of Western weapons."

Shoigu added that Russian troops on the frontlines have already gained the initiative, and he will reinforce them and produce more weapons and equipment.

Ukrainian leaders have seen increasingly frequent attacks on their second-largest city, Kharkiv. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said a strike on a television tower is part of an effort to make the area uninhabitable.

Analysts with the US think tank The Institute for the Study of War said Russian forces are trying to convince residents to flee. They added that the troops want to "destroy" the city ahead of a possible offensive.

Ukraine has seen hundreds of thousands of men of military age move abroad. Media outlets said the government has suspended consular services for them, except services to help them return home.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday that he issued the order to restore fair treatment toward those old enough to join the fight.