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Russia launches missiles at kyiv; Putin warns the West

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Russia attacked on Sunday weapons supplies from the West to Ukrainelaunching airstrikes on kyiv that he said destroyed tanks donated by foreign nations, and the Russian president Vladimir Putin warned that any Western delivery of long-range rockets will cause Moscow to hit “objectives that we have not attacked.”

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

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. weaponry that could alter the course of the war. . The Pentagon reported last week that it will take at least three weeks to bring 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.

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”It was like in a horror movie”Said Svitlana Romashkina.

The Russian Ministry of Defense noted that air-launched precision missiles were used to destroy workshops in the region of Donetskin eastern Ukraine, including Druzhkivkawhere damaged military equipment was 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 indicated that a cruise missile passed near the plant Pivdennoukrainsklocated 350 kilometers (220 miles) to the south, apparently while en route 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 in a statement. 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”indicated Serhiy Leshchenkoadviser 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 additional arms deliveries, in my opinion, has only one goal: to prolong the armed conflict as long as possible.”declared the president. 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 longer-range rockets, 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 the attack on Sunday morning, kyiv had not faced this type of Russian offensive since the visit of the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio 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 concentrated on taking the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk Y Lysychansk. On Sunday they continued their advance, launching air and missile attacks on cities and towns in the donbas.

In the cities of Slovyansk Y Bakhmut it was possible to see military vehicles coming in at full speed from the battle front. 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 the Ukrainian counter-attacks in Sievierodonetsk “They are possibly denting the operational momentum that Russian forces had previously achieved by concentrating power and combat units”. Previously, Russian soldiers had made a series of advances in the city, but Ukrainian fighters have forced them to withdraw in recent days.

Source: Gestion

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