Russia Launches Wave Of Missiles At Ukraine After Kyiv Secures Tanks
The day after Kiev obtained Western commitments of dozens of contemporary fighting tanks to try to repel the Russian invasion, Russia unleashed a salvo of missiles at Ukraine during rush hour on Thursday. When the German and American declarations were made, Moscow reacted angrily. In the past, it has responded to seeming Ukrainian victories with airstrikes that have left millions without heat, light, or water. With no recorded damage, the Ukrainian military claimed it shot down all 24 Russian drones that had been launched overnight, including 15 in the capital area.
But soon after, as people were making their way to work, air raid alarms began to sound across Ukraine, and senior officials reported that approaching missiles were being shot down by air defenses. A huge explosion was reported in the city as large throngs of people hid in underground metro stations. The largest private energy producer in Ukraine, DTEK, announced that due to the impending risk, it was implementing emergency power shutdowns in Kyiv, the surrounding area, as well as the regions of Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk. Although more than 15 missiles fired into Kyiv were shot down, the military administration in Kiev ordered residents to stay in their shelters. “Missiles are being fired within Ukrainian territory.
At least two passed through the Mykolaiv region to the northwest, according to Vitaly Kim, the region’s governor in southern Ukraine. Impacts were reported in the central Vinnytsia region, according to an air force spokeswoman. According to Western analysts, the airstrikes on Ukraine’s cities are less of a planned strategy and more of an effort to lower morale.
Come spring, both sides are anticipated to launch new ground offensives, and Ukraine has been looking for hundreds of contemporary tanks in the hopes of using them to breach Russian defenses and retake land that it had previously lost in the south and east. The T-72 tanks from the Soviet era have been predominantly used by both Russia and Ukraine up until this point.
Speed in training our forces, speed in supplying tanks to Ukraine.
The numbers in tank support,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Wednesday.”We have to form such a ‘tank fist’, such a ‘fist of freedom’. “DRUMBEAT OF REQUESTS Maintaining Kyiv’s drumbeat of requests, Zelenskiy said he had spoken to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and asked for long-range missiles and aircraft. Ukraine’s allies have already provided billions of dollars worth of military support, including sophisticated U.S.
missile systems that have helped turn the tide of the war in the last six months. The United States has been wary of deploying the difficult-to-maintain Abrams but had to change tack to persuade Germany to send to Ukraine its more easily operated German-built Leopards. Germany will authorize supplies by ally European governments with the objective of equipping two battalions—in the region of 100 tanks—and will send an initial company of 14 tanks from its stocks, which it said might be operational in three to four months. According to Ukrainian military analyst Viktor Kevlyuk, any NATO member can maintain the Leopard system, and crews and mechanics can train together on a single model. “Our prospects look good if we have been accepted into this club by being given these vehicles,” U.S.
President Joe Biden said the 31 M1 Abrams tanks that Washington will provide posed “no offensive threat” to Russia. But Sergei Nechayev, Russia’s ambassador to Germany, on Wednesday called Berlin’s decision “extremely dangerous”, saying that it “takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation”.Since invading Ukraine on Feb.
24 last year, Russia has shifted its publicly stated goals from “denazifying” and “demilitarising” its neighbour to confronting a purportedly aggressive and expansionist U.S.-led NATO alliance.The Russian invasion has killed thousands of civilians, forced millions from their homes and reduced entire cities to rubble.The heaviest fighting for now is around Bakhmut, a town in eastern Ukraine with a pre-war population of 70,000 that has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the war.Ukraine’s military said Russia was attacking “with the aim of capturing the entire Donetsk region and regardless of its own casualties”.The Russian-installed governor of Donetsk said on Wednesday that units of Russia’s Wagner contract militia were moving forward inside Bakhmut, with fighting on the outskirts and in neighbourhoods recently held by Ukraine.Reuters could not verify the battlefield reports.