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    Russian Shells Spark Hospital Fire Before Expected Assault

    Russian Shells Spark Hospital Fire Before Expected Assault

    , — Russian shelling hit more civilian targets in Ukraine, starting a fire at a town hospital and damaging five apartment buildings, local officials said Tuesday, as Ukrainian authorities reported a Russian troop buildup in eastern areas that Kyiv suspects is preparation for a offensive around the anniversary of its Moscow's invasion.

    The shelling in the northeastern town of Vovchansk caused multiple fires late Monday, including at its two-story municipal hospital, the regional State Emergency Service said in an online statement.

    Emergency crews evacuated eight civilians from the site before putting out the blaze, which caused no casualties, authorities said.

    Vovchansk is in the Kharkiv region, which was occupied by after its full-scale invasion began on Feb. 24 and subsequently retaken by Ukraine during a late summer counteroffensive.

    The anticipated Russian push may seek to recapture territory Moscow lost in that counteroffensive.

    Ukrainian officials say they expect Russian forces to make a new drive in eastern and southern Ukraine, as the Kremlin strives to secure territory it illegally annexed in late September and where it claims its rule is welcomed.

    Russian forces are “regrouping” as they attempt to break Ukrainian lines in five areas in the country's east and northeast, the Ukrainian military reported Tuesday.

    The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Moscow was…

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