President Putin affirmed that Russia did not attack Ukrainian civilian infrastructure and that the target was selected based on intelligence.
“The Russian military does not attack areas of civilian infrastructure, we are capable of determining what is there. No one bombards indiscriminately like that,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference. in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat on June 29.
The Kremlin boss said that the attacks of Russian forces in Ukraine were carried out based on intelligence data on targets and the use of high-precision weapons. “I believe that everything is done right this time,” Putin added.
The comments came two days after Ukraine accused Russia of launching a missile at the Amstor shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk in the central province of Poltava, killing 18 people. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 1,000 people were at the mall at the time it was “attacked”.
The Russian Defense Ministry then announced that the use of high-precision weapons “destroyed the warehouse of weapons and ammunition” on the premises of the Kremenchuk Road Machinery Factory, asserting that these were Western weapons transferred to Ukraine. and collected in warehouses before being transferred to units in the Donbass region.
“The ammunition here exploded, causing a fire in the defunct shopping center next to the factory,” the Russian military said in a statement.
Ukrainian authorities on June 29 released a four-second video of the attack, showing a large explosion, smoke billowing and debris flying, but no specific structures damaged. It is not clear what type of missile was used, but some experts believe it is a Kh-22 anti-ship missile with a range of 600 km and carrying a one-ton warhead.
The US news agency CNN reported that the video shows a Russian missile “plunging to the edge of a city park, near a road construction equipment factory”. The missile’s location was about 500 meters from the Amstor shopping center.
Since the start of the special military operation at the end of February, the Russian military has regularly used cruise and ballistic missiles to attack the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces, as well as defense factories and facilities. Western industrial facilities and arsenals transferred to this country.
Recent raids have been seen by Western experts as proof that Russia is capable of striking any part of Ukraine, even as Moscow has shifted its focus to the battlefield in eastern Ukraine.
Vu Anh (Theo AFP)