Russia stepped up missile attacks against many areas across Ukraine, in the context of the West racing to supply weapons to Kiev.
The hostilities in Ukraine escalated again in the coastal region of Ukraine on May 7. Southern port city Odessa suffered two attacks by Russian cruise missiles, while the Azovstal iron and steel plant in Mariupol was also bombarded continuously.
The Russian military also launched missile strikes in many other areas, including Kharkiv in the northeast, Sumy in the north and Poltava in the central region.
The provincial Odessa hit at least 10 missiles in two raids, with the first four hitting targets outside the city of the same name and six hitting locations within the city.
Odessa provincial government spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk said the first strike caused no casualties. Natalia Humeniuk, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command, said four missiles hit a furniture factory in the civilian area. The remaining two rockets damaged an airstrip in the city.
The Sumy provincial government also confirmed that two areas of Myropilske and Khotin were hit by Russian missiles. At least one border guard was killed, according to a statement from provincial governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi.
Poltava provincial military chief Dmytro Lunin said local air defenses shot down a missile that flew over the area. Earlier, an infrastructure in the Karlivka region of the province was hit by a missile. No casualties have been recorded.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced the humanitarian operation at the Azovstal iron and steel plant, the last point of resistance in the city. Mariupol, finished. All children, the elderly and women were evacuated from the iron and steel factory by the Sea of Azov.
Pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region also announced the evacuation of 152 more people from Mariupol, including 32 children. The group of civilians were brought back to the area under their control.
On the same day, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced that the Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) destroyed Russian targets, including a Serna-class light landing craft and a Tor-M2 short-range air defense vehicle, in southern money island Zmiinyy. The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the information.
The British Ministry of Defense said that the war in Ukraine is causing significant damage to the most elite units of the Russian military, causing the country to lose some of its most advanced weapons. Russia has lost at least one T-90M tank, while the country’s army has just put into service about 100 of the same type.
Eastern Ukraine continues to be the area of the fiercest fighting. Moscow and Kiev both organized attacks along the region Donbass with the goal of controlling more territory.
Observers say that Russia may increase pressure on the last stronghold in Mariupol in the next few days, aiming to achieve complete victory in the port city before the milestone of Victory Day on May 9, the 77th anniversary of the military victory. fascist Germany.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov on May 7 announced that the Russian air force had attacked 18 targets of the Ukrainian army, including two command posts in Kharkov, five points of gathering of manpower and equipment, and three ammunition depots near the southern city of Odessa. Russian artillery also hit more than 200 different targets at the same time.
“280 nationalist fighters and 48 military units have been wiped out,” he said.
In a later update, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian air defense forces shot down another 17 enemy UAVs, three Tochka-U tactical ballistic missiles and nine Smerch rocket artillery shells in the Nikolaev, Donetsk regions, Kherson and Kharkiv.
According to an assessment by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in the US, Ukraine’s counter-attacks can push Russian forces out of “the range of Kharkov shelling in the next few days”, cooling down the military situation in the city and creating conditions for the forces here to organize a large-scale counterattack with a higher chance of success.
Name (Theo TASS, AP, Reuters, CNN)