The Ukrainian army stated on Sunday that Russian missiles hit an airfield near the town of Kropyvnytskyiin the center of Ukraine.
“Six missiles and five drone strikes” were launched by Russia, Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said on television.
The Ukrainian air force said the country’s air defenses shot down three of the five Shahed self-exploding drones and four of the six cruise missiles fired.
“Unfortunately, not all of them were destroyed. Of the six, four were destroyed by air defense and two hit the airfield near Kropyvnytskyi.”, he explained, without providing further details.
The Russian military said it has carried out a series of attacks in recent days against Ukraine’s air defense batteries, air bases and troop depots. The long-range attacks come as Ukraine prepares for a long-awaited counter-offensive in which it hopes to regain more ground.
Kropyvnytskyi is a small city in the Kirovohrad region, in the center of the country, south of the capital, kyiv.
In the last days, Russia has increased its airstrikes against Ukraine, including the capitalwhich was bombed several days in a row this week.
The conflict has dragged on for more than 15 months, and kyiv says it is preparing a counteroffensive. Several Russian towns, located close to the border, were also attacked this week.
The Russians launched more drone and cruise missile strikes on Sunday, targeting multiple areas of the country, including kyiv.
Concern for the safety of civilians worsened after the authorities announced that nearly a quarter of the 4,800 bomb shelters they inspected were closed or unusable.
Saturday’s reconnaissance came after a 33-year-old woman was killed in kyiv while waiting outside a closed shelter during a Russian missile barrage on Thursday.
The capital’s prosecutor’s office reported that four people had been detained as part of a criminal investigation into the woman’s death as she and others waited to enter a closed shelter. A security guard who allegedly failed to unlock the doors remains in custody. Three other people, including a local official, were placed under house arrest.
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Saturday that city authorities had received “more than a thousand” complaints about closed, dilapidated or insufficient bomb shelters a day after an online comment service went live.
(With information from AFP and AP)
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