Russia’s Putin Seeks to Escalate With Ukraine Strikes as Pressure Builds at Home

President Vladimir Putin’s missile strikes on cities throughout Ukraine Monday drew condemnation from the West but praise from a growing chorus in Russia—critics who say that Moscow, despite the brutality of its invasion, hasn’t shown enough toughness.

Speaking hours after one of the broadest and most intense barrages of the war, Mr. Putin said Russia responded to a weekend attack on a key bridge that links Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that Moscow illegally seized in 2014, to Russia. Mr. Putin warned of a harsh response if Kyiv were to conduct further “terrorist attacks.”

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