Moscow/Kyiv: Russia has responded strongly to the arrest warrant against President Vladimir Putin and the drone attack in Crimea. Heavy missile and drone attacks were launched on Zaporizhzhia and the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. It is the third time in the last one-and-a-half months that Russia has hit Ukraine with drones and missiles. These attacks by Russia are noteworthy at a time when fierce conflicts are going on in Bakhmut, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.
On Wednesday, Russia attacked the capital Kyiv and nearby areas with the help of Iranian Shahed drones. Major casualties were reported in the attack. Sources claimed that Russian drones were also used along with Iranian drones for the attack. According to the Ukrainian agencies, Russia used more than 20 drones in these attacks. Most of the drones were found downed in civilian areas.
After the drone attack on Kyiv, missiles were launched at Zaporizhzhia city. Ukraine said Russia had fired at least ten missiles. Photographs and videos show that one of the missiles fell on a large building, starting a fire. Several people were injured in the missile attacks. Ukraine and the United States have criticised Russia for launching drone and missile attacks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia was carrying out the attacks very brutally. Zelensky criticised these attacks, saying they were part of Russian terrorism. Also, the US National Security Council criticised Russia, saying it was carrying out peace talks a day earlier, and launched brutal attacks on Ukrainian settlements. Council spokesman Adrienne Watson said the United States would continue to assist Ukraine against Russian aggression.
Prior to Russia’s attacks, Ukraine had carried out a sabotage attack on a Crimea port. The attacks on Sevastopol are said to have targeted a Russian warship and base. Ukrainian media has claimed that some Russian missiles have been destroyed.
Russia, however, denied the claim. The local governor claimed that although three Ukrainian naval drones attempted to launch an attack, Russian systems foiled them.
Ukraine has previously consistently targeted Russian bases in Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken serious note of this and ordered strengthening of the security system in Crimea. A few days ago, Putin also visited Crimea. Since Ukrainian troops attempted to launch attacks after that, the incident has drawn much attention. Meanwhile, senior Ukrainian officials have claimed that Ukraine will soon deploy more soldiers in the battle in Bakhmut city.
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