Moscow/ Kyiv/ Washington: After taking capturing Bakhmut in Donbas, the Russian army has intensified its attacks. On Sunday night, Russia launched a major missile and drone attack on the Dnipropetrovsk region in Central Ukraine. Ukrainian agencies reported that the attacks damaged infrastructure, including civilian settlements, and injured many people. Meanwhile, Russia reacted proactively to the US decision to supply F-16 to Ukraine. Russia has warned that the supply of F-16s exposes NATO’s involvement and the West will have to suffer its dire consequences.
On Saturday night, the Russian private military company ‘Wagner Group’ announced that it had taken over Bakhmut; this news was then endorsed by the Ministry of Defense of Russia and President Vladimir Putin. Although Ukraine has made many claims against this, it has presented no concrete evidence regarding the possession of Bakhmut.
In the last 24 hours, no information has been provided by the Ukrainian army or government other than that their units are fighting in Bakhmut. On the other hand, Russia has announced that it has started the process of ‘demining’ and setting up a base in Bakhmut. Therefore, it is clear that Russia has control over Bakhmut and Ukraine’s claims are false.
Moreover, there are indications that the Russian army’s campaign has gained momentum after capturing Bakhmut. Russia’s Defense Department reported that the Russian army has carried out major operations in the past 24 hours in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Marinka, Avdiivka, Kherson, and Central Ukraine. Major missile and drone attacks were carried out in and around the city of Dnipro in the Dnipropetrovsk region of central Ukraine.
Furthermore, Russia informed that 16 cruise missiles and 20 suicide drones were used for the attack. Russia said the airstrip of the Ukrainian army was targeted in the attack and aircraft and weapons were damaged. The Russian Defense Ministry also said that some soldiers of the Ukrainian army were killed. Ukraine has reported that the Russian attack has damaged infrastructure and civilian settlements.
Meanwhile, the US had announced that it was ready to provide F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine at the G7 conference. There has been a strong reaction from Russia. Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, blamed the supply of F-16s as a more prominent event of NATO’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Antonov also alleged that there are no facilities for F-16s in Ukraine, but soon, these fighter jets can enter Ukraine from NATO airfields and take action. Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, has warned that if Ukraine gets the F-16, the Western countries will suffer dire consequences.
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