He Ukrainian General Staff announced this Thursday the destruction, during the last 24 hours, of 44 Russian artillery systemswhich, according to the deputy chairman of the National Security and Defense Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), is a “record” figure.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine set a record yesterday in the number of destroyed Russian artillery”, wrote the deputy chairman of the national security and defense committee of the Rada, Yuri Misyagin.
“On the night of June 23, 2023, the adversary has launched an attack on Ukraine from strategic aviation aircraft. This time the attack has been directed at a oblast military airfield Khmelnitsky (province)”, reads the part of the Ukrainian Air Force.
According to the note, the launches were carried out around midnight from the Caspian Sea area with four Tu-95MS bombers. “13 Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles were destroyed by anti-aircraft defenses, mostly in the Khmelnitsky region,” the Ukrainian Air Force also says.
While starting its counteroffensive with the first attacks at various points on the front, Ukraine has intensified in recent weeks the use of artillery, missiles and drones to destroy Russian military equipment.
Graphs produced by the Ukrainian government with data from the army show a steady increase in Russian lossesboth in personnel and in military material, since the beginning of this war.
Both Russia and Ukraine speak almost daily of the high number of casualties and losses of military equipment suffered by the other side. Neither party gives information about casualties and their own losses.
Militarization of the Zaporizhzhia power plant
The Government of Ukraine reiterated that the “militarization” of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya on the part of Russia supposes “a imminent threat of nuclear incident” in the facilities, after the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, assured on Thursday that Moscow prepares an attack against the plant to release radiation.
“Mining and other forms of militarization of the nuclear power plant of Zaporizhzhya by Russia pose an imminent threat of a nuclear incident,” said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which reaffirmed that “Ukrainian Intelligence agencies” believe that Moscow is considering “committing a terrorist act in the power station, temporarily occupied”.
“This terrorist attack would have global consequences.”, he warned in a statement published on his website, in which he insisted that Russia “seriously violates international law and nuclear safety norms and standards” with his occupation of the plant. “We await an objective assessment from the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Raphael Grossi, about Russia’s criminal actions,” he said.
He asserted that “the scale of the challenges facing the global nuclear security regime today as a result of Russia’s war against Ukraine is extremely high and requires robust international efforts to prevent a nuclear disaster,” while which stated that “as a terrorist State, Russia has violated all the fundamental principles of nuclear safety law and the vast majority of their treaty obligations, without facing just consequences for their crimes.”
“We call on the international community, and in particular the G7 and the European Union, to take urgent measures to prevent a nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhya indicated the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
Zelensky had called for the “complete vacation” of the plant and stressed that “anyone who turns a blind eye to the Russian occupation, to the mining of the territory and the structures of the nuclear plant, actually contributes not only to Russian evil, but to terror in general”.
The Kremlin said on Thursday that Zelensky’s accusations are “another lie” and recalled that Grossi visited the plant last week. The IAEA confirmed hours later that the agency’s director general will visit Russia this Friday, but did not give details about the place of his trip, which will be announced in due time for security reasons.
(With information from Europa Press)
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