Russia unleashes strikes against Ukraine; Kyiv targets Crimea bridge

Over the course of one week, Russia has claimed to have intercepted a drone that was en route to Moscow in the third incident of its kind. Additionally, authorities from both Russia and Ukraine have verified that Ukraine aimed at two bridges that connect Crimea with the mainland.

In the previous year, Russian military entered the nation and have since entrenched themselves in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine. While Kyiv endeavors to remove these military personnel, both nations have escalated attacks on the opposing forces’ soldiers, armaments, and infrastructure.

The head of Crimea, appointed by Moscow, stated that the Chonhar bridge to the peninsula, which was taken over by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014, had been harmed by a missile attack.

Another road link between the Russian-occupied parts of mainland Ukraine and Crimea, near the town of Henichesk, was shelled and resulted in a civilian driver being wounded.

Within a span of 24 hours, a second similar assault took place when an explosive-laden Ukrainian naval drone collided with a Russian fuel tanker during the night of Friday, resulting in the suspension of traffic on a third bridge connecting Russia to Crimea, as confirmed by both parties involved.

‘Significant results’

Mayor Sobyanin stated that a drone had been shot down in the southern part of Moscow, leading to the suspension of flights at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport. The airport’s closure was attributed to unspecified reasons that were beyond its control, as mentioned on Sunday.

It seems that at least 10 Russian missiles have managed to penetrate Ukraine’s air defenses in an overnight attack. The Ukrainian air force reported that the attack involved 70 air assault weapons, including Iranian-made drones, hypersonic missiles, and cruise missiles.

As per reports from the local press, a staff member at a wheat storage facility sustained injuries, while a rescuer tragically lost their life while carrying out a search and rescue operation.

In the Kharkiv region in the east, the assaults ensued after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated there was a bomb strike on a blood transfusion facility in the town of Kupiansk, which is located 16km (10 miles) away from the front line.

“There are deceased and injured individuals,” he stated on his Telegram channel, characterizing the attack as a “violation of international humanitarian law”.

He did not mention the number of casualties or clarify whether they were from the military or civilian population.

In his video address on Sunday, Zelenskyy stated that advanced air defense systems such as the US-built Patriot and Germany’s IRIS-T, which were proving to be highly efficient and had already produced noteworthy outcomes, were being utilized despite the continuous Russian air strikes.

Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine shot down a significant number of Russia’s attacks over the past week, which included 87 Shahed-136s, 178 drone assaults, and 65 different types of missiles.

Casualties

Russia denies deliberately targeting hospitals or civilians in its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in the destruction of cities, the uprooting of millions of people, and the deaths of tens of thousands.

Russia’s defense ministry claimed to have carried out effective attacks on Ukrainian air bases in the western regions of Rivne and Khmelnytskyi, as well as the southern Zaporizhia region, without providing specific information.

Serhiy Tiurin, the deputy governor of the Khmelnytskyi region, stated that the military airfield in Starokostiantyniv was the target. According to him, the majority of the missiles were shot down or caused damage to several houses. Additionally, a cultural institution, a bus station, and a grain silo were also affected by the fire that broke out.

Ukraine is presently two months into a challenging offensive in an effort to remove Russian troops who have seized control of approximately 20% of its territory.

The meeting in Saudi Arabia concluded with no concrete action taken, as stated by Saudi officials. However, senior officials from around 40 countries, including the United States, China, and India, engaged in discussions regarding the conflict. The outcome of the talks was a commitment to continue consultations.

Ukraine aimed to enhance its diplomatic efforts by expanding support beyond its main Western allies, as demonstrated during the meeting. Although specific details were not disclosed, Andriy Yermak, Chief of Staff to Zelenskyy, affirmed that the discussions were fruitful.

Sergei Ryabkov, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, stated that the meeting was a reflection of the unsuccessful attempts by the Western countries to rally developing nations in support of Zelenskyy.

International and Russian officials say there is no prospect of direct peace talks between Russia and Ukraine amidst the ongoing war.