An injured soldier stands in front of a hospital in Yavoriv after Russia attacked a military base in eastern Ukraine on March 13 – Photo: REUTERS
Speaking about Russia’s airstrikes on the International Center for Peace and Security (IPSC) in western Ukraine, located 25km from the Polish border on March 13, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. that these bases are used to train and organize mercenaries against Russian forces and store weapons supplied to Ukraine by other countries.
“We will continue to target mercenaries on Ukrainian territory,” Konashenkov was quoted as saying by Russia’s Sputnik news agency. Earlier, Russia warned that it would attack convoys carrying weapons to support Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine denied this information. The Ukrainian side said 35 people died and more than 100 were injured after the incident.
On the morning of March 14, Vietnam time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter that Washington condemned the attack on the IPSC base in the Yavoriv area and called for an end to the “brutal”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also reiterated his call for a no-fly zone in the country. “If we don’t close our skies, it’s only a matter of time before Russian shells land on your territory, on NATO territory,” AFP news agency quoted him as saying. Mr. Zelensky said in the video released on the morning of March 14.
The US and the West have so far denied the deployment of a no-fly zone in Ukraine and affirmed that they do not want war with Russia. However, US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News that he would support a no-fly zone if Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine.
Over the past time, Russia and Ukraine and the US have exchanged accusations about biological laboratories in Ukraine that Moscow believes Washington is behind.
On March 13, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan also warned that Russia will pay a heavy price if it uses chemical weapons and that if there is an attack on NATO territory, the West will respond fiercely.