Russia Launches Missiles At Kyiv

Russia on Sunday attacked Western arms supplies to Ukraine, launching airstrikes on kyiv that it said destroyed tanks donated by foreign nations, and Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any Western delivery of long-range rockets will cause Moscow to hit “targets that We have attacked.”

The enigmatic threat of the Russian president of an increase in the offensive did not specify what those new targets could be. He made his warning days after the United States announced plans to deliver $700 million in security assistance to Ukraine that includes four medium-range precision rocket systems, as well as helicopters, Javelin anti-tank systems, radar and tactical vehicles, among others. stuff.

Military analysts say Russia hopes to fully take over the beleaguered industrial region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have clashed with the Ukrainian government since 2014, before the arrival of any U.S. weapons that could alter the course of the war. The Pentagon reported last week that it will take at least three weeks to get those weapons to the battlefield.


Ukraine noted that missiles aimed at the capital hit a train repair shop. Elsewhere, Russian airstrikes in the eastern city of Druzhkivka destroyed buildings and killed at least one person, a Ukrainian official said. Residents described walking to the sound of missile impacts, debris and glass falling around them.

“It was like in a horror movie,” said Svitlana Romashkina.

The Russian Defense Ministry said air-launched precision missiles were used to destroy workshops in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, including Druzhkivka, where damaged military equipment was being repaired.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian forces launched five X-22 cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea towards kyiv, one of which was destroyed by anti-aircraft systems. The other four hit “infrastructure facilities”, but there were no casualties, Ukrainian authorities said.

Nuclear plant operator Energoatom said a cruise missile passed near the Pivdennoukrainsk plant, 350 kilometers (220 miles) to the south, apparently on its way to kyiv. He warned that a nuclear catastrophe could have occurred if even a fragment of the shell had hit the facility.

The missiles that hit kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by Eastern European nations and other armored vehicles, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.

Later, the railway authority took reporters on a guided tour of the railway car repair plant in eastern kyiv that was hit by four missiles. The authority assured that there was no military equipment stored at the site, and journalists from The Associated Press did not see any military remnants at the site.

“There were no tanks, and you can witness that,” said Serhiy Leshchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian presidency.

However, a government adviser said on national television that attacks on military infrastructure had also been reported. AP reporters saw a building on fire in an area near the destroyed rail shop. Two residents of that district stated that the warehouse from which smoke was rising was part of a tank repair facility. Police blocking access to the site told an AP reporter that military authorities prohibited taking photos of the site.

In a television interview broadcast on Sunday, Putin lashed out at Western arms deliveries to Ukraine, saying they were intended to prolong the war.

“All this fuss about the additional delivery of weapons, in my opinion, has only one objective: to prolong the armed conflict as long as possible,” the president declared. He insisted that such supplies were unlikely to change the military situation for Ukraine’s government, which he said was only compensating for the loss of similar rockets.

If kyiv receives rockets with a longer range, he added, Moscow “will draw the appropriate conclusions and we will use our means of destruction, of which we have many, in order to attack those targets that we have not yet attacked.”

The United States has refrained from offering Ukraine long-range weapons that could reach deep into Russian territory. But the four medium-range, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems included in the security package have mobile launchers that allow soldiers to quickly engage a target and move away, which could prove useful against Russian artillery in the battlefield.

Spanish daily El Pais reported on Sunday that Spain planned to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles and up to 40 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks. The Spanish Defense Ministry did not comment on the report.

Before Sunday morning’s attack, kyiv had not faced this type of Russian offensive since the visit of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on April 28. The arrival of the rockets set off anti-aircraft sirens and made it clear that Russia still has the ability and willingness to launch attacks into the heart of Ukraine, despite refocusing on its attempts to capture Ukrainian territory in the east.

In recent days, Russian forces have focused on taking the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. On Sunday they continued their advance, launching air and missile strikes on cities and towns in Donbas.

In the cities of Sloviansk and Bakhmut it was possible to see military vehicles rushing in from the battlefront. Dozens of military medics and ambulances worked to evacuate Ukrainian civilians and soldiers, and a hospital was treating the wounded, many injured by Russian artillery.

The British military noted in its daily intelligence update that Ukrainian counterattacks in Sievierodonetsk “are possibly denting the operational momentum that Russian forces had previously built up by massing combat power and units.” Previously, Russian soldiers had made a series of advances in the city, but Ukrainian fighters have forced them to withdraw in recent days.

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