Targeted attacks on deposits
Russia targets Western arms shipments
More and more Western arms shipments are arriving in Ukraine. So Russia is changing tactics more and more. Depots, traffic lanes and intersections are specifically attacked.
In its war, Russia is increasingly focusing on preventing or destroying Western arms shipments to Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said it used Onyx missiles to destroy a newly constructed runway at a military airfield near the city of Odessa. The attack targeted weapons that the United States and EU countries were supplying to Ukraine. Ukraine, on the other hand, had spoken of the destruction of a new runway at the main airport in Odessa.
Western states had agreed last week to also supply heavy weapons to Ukraine to defend against Russian invaders. The Russian government then announced that it would henceforth specifically destroy the depots and transport routes for these weapons. For example, railway junctions supposed to transport military equipment to combat regions in eastern Ukraine would be attacked.
Ukraine plans to strengthen the East
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia is currently reinforcing its troops in the east of the country. “Russia is gathering additional forces for further attacks against our military in the east of the country,” Zelenskyy said in a video address. Russia is trying to increase military pressure in the Donbass. Two weeks ago, Russia designated the conquest of all of Donbass as a war objective. There, pro-Russian separatists have controlled parts of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions since 2014. Ukrainian authorities have reported new Russian missile attacks on targets in southern and eastern Ukraine.
According to Ukrainian sources, the Ukrainian and American military again coordinated the delivery of weapons, ammunition and other equipment. The process is constantly strictly controlled, according to a phone call between Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valery Saluschnyj and US Chief of Staff Mark Milley on Sunday evening on Saluschnyj’s Facebook page. Accordingly, the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine was also mentioned. Zalushnyy stressed that the Ukrainian army must switch from Soviet equipment to NATO models. “And the sooner we start this process, the sooner we will complete it,” he said.
Kherson as a base
While Ukraine was announcing, among other things, the downing of Russian bombers, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that two Ukrainian SU-24 bombers were shot down over the Kharkiv region in the northeast of Ukraine. Information cannot be independently verified.
According to the British government, Russia also wants to permanently control the southern Ukrainian region of Cherson, in the north of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which was annexed in 2014. Since conquering the region in March, Russia has extended its influence by installing a pro-Russian regional government, the UK Ministry of Defense said. Russia enjoys control of the region and its transport routes in its advances north and west and to secure its position in Crimea.
Russia has ruled out a return of Cherson and wants to introduce the ruble there as a means of payment. According to Russian sources, Ukrainian forces shelled villages in the Kherson region in an attempt to retake the occupied territories. Civilians were killed and injured, reports the Russian news agency RIA with reference to the Russian Defense Ministry.