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Cruise missiles hit Kyiv

Russia targets Western military supplies
The wreckage of a railway service facility hit by a Russian  missile strike lies along a street in Kyiv, Ukraine on Sunday.
The wreckage of a railway service facility hit by a Russian missile strike lies along a street in Kyiv, Ukraine on Sunday.

RUSSIA: Russia hit the Ukranian capitol Kyiv with cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea on Sunday, striking a rail car repair facility in the Ukrainian capital, in the first such attack for weeks, Ukraine’s army and railway chief said.

Dark smoke funnelled into the sky above Kyiv’s eastern outskirts. At least one person was hospitalised though no deaths were immediately reported, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said.

One Russian missile that was probably headed for Kyiv flew “critically low” over a major nuclear power plant in the southern Mykolaiv region, state-run nuclear power operator Energoatom said on Telegram.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said its missiles had destroyed T-72 tanks and armoured vehicles supplied to Ukraine by eastern European countries that were housed in a rail car repair facility in Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Russia took aim at Western military supplies for Ukraine’s government with early Sunday airstrikes in Kyiv that it said destroyed tanks donated from abroad, as President Vladimir Putin warned that any Western deliveries of long-range rocket systems to Ukraine would prompt Moscow to hit “objects that we haven’t yet struck”.

The cryptic threat of a military escalation from the Russian leader didn’t specify what the new targets might be, but it comes days after the US announced plans to deliver US$ 700 million of security assistance for Ukraine that includes four precision-guided, medium-range rocket systems, helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, radars, tactical vehicles, spare parts and more.

Military analysts say Russia is hoping to overrun the embattled eastern Donbas region, where Russia-backed separatists have fought the Ukrainian government for years, before any weapons that might turn the tide arrive. -THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, THE TELEGRAPH INDIA


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