Over the weekend, heavy fighting continued in eastern Ukraine, along with the first Russian strikes on Kyiv in weeks.
Russian forces launched five cruise missiles towards the Ukrainian capital from the Caspian Sea on Sunday at 6 a.m. local time..
One missile was destroyed by the Ukrainian air defense unit, and the others hit “infrastructure in the north of the Ukrainian capital”, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said in a statement.
Several of the missiles hit the railcar repair plant in Darnytsia, injuring a railway worker, according to Oleksandr Kamyshin, CEO of Ukraine’s state-owned company Ukrzaliznytsia. Passenger trains were not delayed by the attacks, he said.
“I officially declare that there is no military equipment on the territory of the factory. This factory has repaired freight wagons, including those we use for grain export,” Kamyshin said.
“Their real target is the economy of Ukraine and the civilian population,” he said. “They also want to block our opportunity to export Ukrainian products to the West.”
On Monday, the UK Ministry of Defense’s latest intelligence assessment said the missile attack was likely an attempt to disrupt the supply of Western military equipment to frontline Ukrainian units.
In addition, the ministry said, Russian forces have likely moved several air defense assets to Snake Island in the Black Sea, and it is likely that these weapons are intended to provide air defense for Russian Navy ships operating around it. Snake Island.
“Russia’s activity on Snake Island contributes to its blockade of the Ukrainian coast and hinders the resumption of maritime trade, including Ukrainian grain exports,” he added.
Heavy fighting continued over the weekend in eastern Ukraine, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he visited troops in some of the most heavily shelled frontline positions in the Luhansk region on Sunday.
In his evening speech, Zelensky said: “We were in Lysychansk, and we were in Soledar.
Both locations have been under heavy Russian attack for weeks, coming under missile, rocket and aerial bombardment.
Elsewhere in the east of the country, Ukrainian forces regained territory in the city of Severodonetsk thanks to a series of counterattacks, but by Monday Russian forces had reversed the trend.
“The fiercest battles continue here,” Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, said Monday morning. “Our defenders managed to counterattack for a while – they liberated almost half of the city. However, now the situation has become even worse for us.