Ukraine and Russia they keep their air offensives in the middle of the harsh winter that, due to adverse weather conditions, makes it difficult for troops to advance by land. In fact, the Kremlin has ordered its largest attacks since the start of the war, almost two years ago.
In another day of crossfire, Moscow’s Defense Ministry reported that kyiv had launched an offensive with dozens of missiles against the peninsula of Crimea, which has been illegally occupying for a decade, of which at least ten were shot down by its anti-aircraft defense system.
However, in the port of Sevastopol, in Crimea’s largest city, one person was injured when debris from a downed aerial target fell, regional governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said. The episode also triggered emergency sirens in the area and forced the interruption of traffic on the Kerch Bridge, which connects the peninsula with Russia’s Krasnodar region and is one of the key steps in Russia’s supply chain.
This action was in line with the statements of President Volodimir Zelensky days ago with the American media The Economistin which he announced that, during the new year, the troops will have new objectives, among them, isolate the Russian Army on the occupied peninsula“cutting” the routes that connect it with the enemy country.
Thus, he continued, the Kerch bridge It became “a military objective” for kyiv, which will not cease its attempts to destroy this infrastructure that has already been hit by offensives on previous occasions but the Kremlin always managed to restore.
“Russia must know that, for us, it is a military objective,” the president insisted in his warning.
For his part, Vladimir Putin also ordered a new round of offensives against Ukraine in the last few hours. Governor Oleh Syniehubov said that on Wednesday night two S-300 missile hits were recorded against the center of Kharkovthe country’s second largest city that was the target of almost daily airstrikes last week.
Also in Kropivnitskyin central Ukraine, one person was killed during a round of morning offensives this Thursday and an energy facility was damaged, Governor Andrii Raikovych added.
In any case, it was not all bad news for the Ukrainians since Zelensky’s troops managed to intercept two Shahid drones over the Khmelnytskyi region, in the center-west of the country, where an important air base in Starokonstantinov is located.
That is why kyiv insists on Western allies that they keep their assists to the country given that its weapons are key in the defense of the territory and, without them, its strategy could be completely weakened.
A senior military official revealed that the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense could even run out of ammunition if it were not for more shipments from partners, in the medium and long term. “The current situation in terms of mobile air defense systems and ammunition (…) is sufficient to resist the next attacks” so the priority, now, is “to obtain more ammunition” to confront the Russians who “really want exhaust the anti-aircraft defense system,” he confessed.
(With information from AP)