complaining that West is “filling Ukraine of weapons”, Russia bombed train stations and other targets on supply lines across the country on Wednesday, while the European Union was getting ready to impose new sanctions on Moscow for the war, proposing a ban on imports of Russian oil.
Heavy fighting also took place at the steel plant in Azovstalin Mariupol, which represents the last bastion of the Ukrainian resistance in the destroyed port city, according to the mayor. A Russian official denied that Moscow troops are storming the complex, but the commander of the main Ukrainian military unit at the site said Russian troops entered the plant’s grounds.
The Russian armed forces said they used air- and sea-launched missiles to destroy electrical installations at five railway stations across Ukraine, as well as carrying out air and artillery strikes that hit soldier strongholds and ammunition and fuel depots.
The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kulebaaccused Russia of “recourse to terrorist tactics with missiles in order to spread fear throughout Ukraine”.
Air raid sirens were activated in several cities across the country on Wednesday night, with attacks reported near the capital, Kyiv; in Cherkassy Y Dnipro, in central Ukraine; and in Zaporizhia, in the southeast. In Dnipro, authorities reported that a railway facility was affected. Videos on social networks hinted that a bridge in the town was also attacked.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or the extent of the damage.
The series of attacks came as Russia prepares to celebrate Victory Day on May 9, which marks the triumph of the Soviet Union about Nazi Germany. The world is watching closely if the Russian president Vladimir Putin he will use the occasion to declare victory in Ukraine or to expand what he has described as a “special military operation.”
Declaring war would allow Putin to implement martial law and mobilize reservists to make up for the massive casualties among his troops.
The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskovdownplayed the speculations, which he described as “nonsense”.
While, Belarus, from where Russian troops launched part of their ground invasion, announced on Wednesday the start of military exercises. A senior Ukrainian official has said his country will be ready to act if Belarus joins the conflict.
The attacks on railway infrastructure were intended to hinder Western arms deliveries, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov. defense minister Sergei Shoigu said the West “is filling Ukraine with weapons”.
A senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the Pentagon’s assessments, said that while Moscow has tried to attack vital infrastructure around the city of Lviv, specifically targeting rail lines, There has been “no discernible impact” on Ukraine’s resupply efforts.
Lviv, near the Polish border, has been a major transit point for weapons supplied by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The weapons that have entered Ukraine helped its forces thwart Russia’s initial push to capture kyiv, and it seems certain that they will play a critical role in the battle for Donbas, the industrial region of eastern Ukraine that has become the target. Moscow main.
In addition to supplying weapons to Ukraine, Europe and the United States have tried to punish Moscow with sanctions. The top EU official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban imports of Russian oil, a crucial source of revenue for the Russian government.
“We will ensure that Russian oil is disposed of in an orderly manner, in a way that allows us and our partners to secure alternative supply routes and minimize the impact on global markets.”said the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyenbefore him European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
The proposal needs the unanimous approval of EU countries and is likely to be the subject of intense debate. Hungary Y Slovakia they have already said they will not participate in any sanctions on oil. They could be granted a waiver.
The EU is also talking about a possible embargo on Russian natural gas. The bloc has already approved a cut on coal imports.
The Russian economy is highly dependent on oil and natural gas exports. Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, said European purchases of Russian energy produce billions of dollars in revenue and underpin the Kremlin’s “war machine.”