Russia launched new missile attack on Ukraine as kyiv troops gain more space in Bakhmut

Russia launched a new missile attack on Ukraine. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/FILE) (GLEB GARANICH/)

The ukrainian air defenses On Sunday night, 17 cruise missiles launched by Russia against Ukrainian territory were shot down, the kyiv Air Force in your Telegram account.

“Adding all addresses, we recorded the launch of 17 Kh-101, Kh-555 and Kh-55 cruise missiles. All of them, the 17, were destroyed by troops and means of the Air Force,” the report says.

The devices were shot down before they reached their objectives

The interceptions occurred in the oblast of Dnipropetrovsk (southeast), Poltava (center) and Khmelnytskyy (west), depending on the source.

President Zelensky will travel to the United States this week to meet with his counterpart Joe Biden.  (EUROPA PRESS)
President Zelensky will travel to the United States this week to meet with his counterpart Joe Biden. (EUROPA PRESS) (Europa Press/Contact/Ukraine Pr/)

In addition, Russia launched against the southern oblasts of Ukraine from Mikolayiv and Odessa a total of 24 Shahed kamikaze drones. Of them, 18 could have been shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force.

New advances

He Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced this Monday the liberation by the troops of Kyiv of another 2 square kilometers near the occupied city of Bakhmut (east) and the recovery of 5.2 more square kilometers of territory in the southern part of the front.

“Ukrainian soldiers liberated (during) 2 square kilometers near Bakhmut last week,” announced the Deputy Minister of Defense, Hanna Maliarcited by one of the official Army channels on Telegram.

Since the start of the counteroffensive in June, Ukraine has recovered a total of 51 kilometers on Bakhmut’s flanks, Maliar explained.

Regarding the southern front, the deputy minister reported the recovery of 5.2 square kilometers and explained that Ukrainian forces continue to advance in the direction of the occupied city of Melitopol, in the southeastern province of Zaporizhzhia.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar.  (EFE)
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar. (EFE) (SERGEY DOLZHENKO/)

“To the south and east of Robotine we have had successes and over the past week in the southern area we liberated 5.2 square kilometers,” Maliar said. In total, Ukraine has recovered a total of 260 square kilometers on the southern front since the beginning of the counteroffensive.

Long conflict

The secretary general of the NATO, Jens Stoltenbergsaid that the alliance has to prepare for a long war in Ukraine and insisted that member countries have to increase their defense spending and recalled the spending levels during the cold War.

“Most wars last longer than you think when they start. That is why we must prepare for a long war in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said in statements to the media of the German group Funke.

Stoltenberg said that although a quick peace would be desirable, it must be remembered that “If Ukrainians stopped fighting, Ukraine would cease to exist.”

Peace, according to Stoltenberg, will only come when the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, stop attacking Ukraine.

After peace, according to Stoltenberg, Ukraine will need security guarantees and “there is no doubt” that the country will join NATO.

Since the beginning of the counteroffensive, Putin's troops have retreated 51 kilometers.  (REUTERS)
Since the beginning of the counteroffensive, Putin’s troops have retreated 51 kilometers. (REUTERS) (Colonel General Oleksandr Syrsky/)

“In times of the Cold War, when Willy Brandt or Konrad Adenauer governed, defense spending was around 4.0 percent of GDP. We achieved it then and we have to achieve it now,” he assured.

“For NATO it is important that the most populous European member country meets the goal. “2 percent of a big pie is more than 2 percent of a small pie,” she added.

Stoltenberg said that having been Norwegian Prime Minister he knows how difficult it is to increase defense spending when large outlays also need to be made on health or infrastructure projects, but he added that it is necessary when tensions increase.

On the other hand, Stoltenberg insisted on the need to increase military spending and meet the goal of dedicating at least 2.0 percent of GDP to it which Germany has not yet reached although, according to him, it is “on the right track.”

(With information from EFE)