The 73rd day of the war in Ukraine: Russian missiles hit a series of targets

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 missiles into many other areas, including Kharkiv in the northeast, Sumy in the north and Poltava in the central region.

Odessa province was hit by at least 10 rockets in two raids, with the first four hitting targets outside the city of the same name but causing no casualties.

Natalia Humeniuk, a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command, said the remaining six missiles hit the central area, damaging an airstrip in the city.

Russian rocket artillery fired in the video released on May 7.  Photo: Reuters.

Russian rocket artillery fired in the video released on May 7. Image: Reuters.

The Sumy provincial government also confirmed that the Myropilske and Khotin areas were hit by a Russian missile, killing at least one border guard.

Poltava provincial military chief Dmytro Lunin said several targets in the province were hit by rockets, but no casualties were reported. Local air defenses shot down a Russian missile that flew over the area.

The series of missile raids was conducted by Russia in the context of the West’s efforts to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. Experts say that the coming days are a decisive time for the “arms race” between Russian forces and the Ukrainian army in the east.

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.

Ukraine's military situation after 11 weeks of fighting.  Graphics: Washington Post.

Ukraine’s military situation after 11 weeks of fighting. Graphics: Washington Post.

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.

Ukraine’s military is also trying to counter-attack Russian forces. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine 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 Ukraine. southern money island Zmiinyy. The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the information.

Ukraine says Russian landing ship sank in Black Sea

The image is said to be a Russian landing ship hit by an air strike on Zmiinyi Island. Video: Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

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.

In the midst of fierce fighting, efforts to evacuate civilians in the war zone have achieved positive results. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced the humanitarian evacuation of 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.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that more than 5.8 million Ukrainians had left the country after February 24, when Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine. More than 6,800 civilians have died or been injured in the conflict, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in the US assessed that Ukraine’s counter-attacks could push Russian forces out of “Kharkov’s artillery range in the next few days”, cooling down the hostilities in the city and creating conditions for force here to organize a large-scale counterattack with a higher chance of success.

Name (Theo TASS, AP, Reuters, CNN)

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