In a single day, Russia unleashes two large-scale bombings on Ukraine

Unprecedented Russian Attack Targets Multiple Ukrainian Cities in Rapid Succession

On Monday, Russia launched two large-scale bombings targeting Ukrainian cities far from the front lines. In the morning, Kyiv experienced a sudden bombardment by Russian Armed Forces deployed in Crimea. Several hypersonic ballistic missiles were fired from the illegally annexed peninsula, reaching the capital and causing damage in three districts. Later in the afternoon, Russia launched ballistic missiles from the Black Sea targeting the cities of Odessa and Kremenchuk, as well as the province of Kirovograd, according to Ukrainian Air Forces.

The speed at which the projectiles reached Kyiv without anti-aircraft alarms being able to warn of danger caused panic among citizens. This was the third attack on Kyiv in five days and fourth large-scale attack on multiple Ukrainian provinces. Both Russian and Ukrainian military analysts identified Zircon missiles as being used for this attack, which is an innovative weapon in Russia’s arsenal that was used against Kyiv for the first time in February. The Ukrainian Air Force reported intercepting two of these missiles but at least five explosions were heard.

Ukraine faces a serious deficit in anti-aircraft ammunition which led to bursts of anti-aircraft machine gun fire attempts to shoot down these missiles. Ukrainian officials have stressed that more anti-aircraft defenses are needed to protect cities and save lives. Damage was reported in multiple districts of Kyiv including destruction of a municipal administration headquarters and Academy of Decorative Arts and Design. In Odessa, at least two large explosions were reported near Sports Palace resulting injuries and damage to civilian structures.

The conflict continues to escalate with both sides engaging in strategic attacks and counterattacks after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian authorities following increased bombings by Russian military against Ukrainian targets such as power grids and military installations after Ukraine intelligence services launched bomb drone attacks on Russian oil refineries leading to disruptions fuel production.

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