Zelensky denounced that the Kharkiv region has suffered more than 40 Russian bombardments so far this year. (AP)
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, assured this Saturday that so far this year the Kharkiv region (north) has suffered more than 40 Russian missile attacks.
“Since the beginning of this year alone, in less than two and a half months, more than forty enemy missiles have already hit Kharkiv,” the president said in an evening speech.
According to Zelensky, the evil state of Russia uses a variety of weapons such as: missiles and artillery, drones and mortars, with the aim of destroying life and leaving nothing human behind.
“Ruins, rubble, blast holes, they are a daily self-portrait of Russia where normal life reigns,” Zelensky said.
In his speech broadcast on the networks, Zelensky added that the Russian bombings killed three people in Kherson (south) “who simply went to a store to buy groceries.”
In Zelensky’s opinion, Russia has become “synonymous with terror” and “will be an example of defeat and just punishment.”
“The punishment that the Kremlin cannot stop,” he said.
The Ukrainian authorities denounced this Saturday a new wave of missile attacks in the Zaporizhzhia region. As detailed by officials of the local Military Administration on their Telegram channel, the offensives reached “critical infrastructure”, which constitutes a war crime.
Ukraine denounced a new wave of missile attacks in the Zaporizhzhia region. (Reuters)
In this “vital facility” in the center of the region “live hundreds of thousands of civilians, many of whom have had to abandon their homes and flee the Russian occupation,” the Administration added, adding that “the appropriate means of response.
For his part, the mayor of the city, Anatoli Kurtev, confirmed that “today, in broad daylight, the enemy has again attacked Zaporizhzhia”, leaving a fire after the impact of one of the missiles and the UNIAN news agency confirmed two more explosions caused by projectiles coming from Tomak.
Zaporizhzhia is located in eastern Ukraine, an area that is under the control of Zelensky’s forces, while the eponymous nuclear power plant has been occupied by Moscow almost since the start of the war.
Last Thursday, Russia launched a new offensive in this region, involving brutal and repeated bombardments. Since then, missile hits have already been recorded in kyiv, Nikolaev, Kharkiv, Odessa, Yitomir, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnitsky, Ternopil and Lviv.
These attacks, launched during the early hours of the morning when most people were asleep, left at least six civilians dead and much of the country without power.
Russia used Kinzhal-type hypersonic missiles for these operations, considered one of its most valuable weapons, since they are capable of reaching almost any point in the world -its range is more than 2,000 kilometers- and achieve a speed between five and ten times greater than that of sound.
Russia used hypersonic missiles of the Kinzhal type. (DEF file)
Kinzhals are dropped from trucks on the ground and can maneuver very quickly, making them difficult to intercept. Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, admitted that they “do not have weapons capable of shooting down the Kinzhals.”
In this sense, in the last hours, the Russian Defense Minister, Oleksi Reznikov, counted 820 cruise missiles that his country has already launched against the occupied territory, since October 2022.
The use of these weapons by Moscow, just over a year after the war, could be due to a number of reasons. Some specialists point out that the Kremlin would be running out of the weapons that it usually used in its attacks, for which reason it would have been forced to use these most precious while, other sources, estimate that it is due to the desperate need to achieve a victory. .
(With information from EFE and Europa Press and Reuters)
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