Russian forces attacked the capital kyiv and Lviv in western Ukraine on Saturday, making good on their threat to launch more attacks on Ukrainian cities after the sinking of the Russian flagship in the Black Sea. One person was killed and several others wounded in the attacks on the Ukrainian capital, kyiv Mayor Vitali Klichko said during a televised conference on Saturday.
An explosion was heard in the early hours of the day in the Darnytskyi neighborhood in southeastern kyiv. According to Moscow, the attack hit an armored car repair plant. kyiv’s mayor said rescuers and medics were working at the scene, but gave no further details.
According to the Ukrainian military, Russian warplanes took off from Belarus and also attacked the Lviv region near the Polish border, where Ukrainian air defenses shot down four cruise missiles. Russia also said it struck a military maintenance facility in the southern city of Mykolaiv.
Russia on Friday pledged to launch new attacks on kyiv and said it used cruise missiles against the Vizar factory outside kyiv, which it said made and repaired missiles.
These attacks follow the shipwreckThursday, from Moskva, flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea. The United States has become convinced that the Moskva cruiser sank after being hit by two Ukrainian missiles, a senior US official said on Friday.
A “symbol of power”
the cruise Moscow was a “symbol from powerhope and rebirth of our fleet” after the fall of the Soviet Union, said Captain Sergei Gorbachev, addressing the crowd gathered in front of a monument erected in honor of the founding of the Russian Navy in 1696 in Sevastopol, this Friday, April 16. The great city of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, was the home port of the missile ship, which had participated in all recent Russian military campaigns, in Georgia in 2008, in Syria and in Ukraine.
“There will be victories, there will be tragedies, but the memory remains,” Capt. Gorbachev added to a hushed crowd, including former crew members. “The part of a ship, in particular of an admiral ship, is a tragedy for toutes ces dizaines de milliers de people que ont servi à bord pendant plus de 20 ans”, declared Georgi Ployakov, an orthodox priest who participated in the ceremony.
The presence of Russian warships in the Black Sea, armed with missiles, poses a greater possibility of attacks on Ukraine’s defense industry and logistics infrastructure, the Ukrainian military said on Saturday. He also added that the Russian Navy was active in the Sea of Azov blockading the port of Mariupol.
Mariupol still fighting
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky also announced on CNN on Friday that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, adding that another 10,000 had been wounded. According to the leader, between 19,000 and 20,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the war. Moscow, for its part, had reported last month the death of 1,351 Russian soldiers and 3,825 wounded.
Yesterday, kyiv announced that it was fighting to try to break out of the siege of the city of Mariupol, where fighting is raging around the port and the Ilyich steel plant.
“The situation in Mariupol is tough and rough. The fight is taking place right now. The Russian army is constantly asking for additional troops to take the city,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motouzyanik said. “But so far the Russians have failed to capture her, totally,” he said at a televised briefing.
For the first time since the offensive launched on February 24, Russia has used long range bombers to attack the port city in southeastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Motouzyanik said. Russian forces are also focusing their efforts on capturing the cities of Rubizhne and Popasna in the east of the country, he added.