Today, Monday, the Russian army continues to strike the positions of Ukrainian forces and military infrastructure, and to liberate the Donbass lands, as part of its military operation that began on February 24, while Kyiv continues to mobilize Western powers against Moscow, as well as receive material support and military equipment.
On the ground, the Ukrainian media reported the occurrence of Russian bombing, which caused the interruption of electricity and gas service in large areas in Zaporizhia, as well as the fall of several wounded, including a child, in a Russian air raid on the city of Odessa.
Sources reported that the forces of the Chechen special unit “Ahmed” and the Luhansk People’s Forces continue the process of mopping up the lands of the chemical plant “Azot” in the liberated Severodonetsk region, according to what the Russian media reported.
In the latest developments, CNN reported that President Joe Biden plans to supply Ukraine with “SAMs” this week, which are medium-range missiles capable of striking targets at a distance of 170 km, which are the missiles that Kyiv has demanded.
Before that, an informed source told Reuters that the United States is likely to announce this week the purchase of an advanced medium to long-range surface-to-air missile defense system for Ukraine.
The source added that Washington is also expected to announce other security assistance to Ukraine, including additional artillery ammunition and radar devices to detect artillery shells, to meet the needs that the Ukrainian military said it wanted.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had launched large-scale strikes on 3 training centers of the Ukrainian armed formations, which led to their destruction.
“High-precision weapons of the Russian Air Force and Kalibr missiles directed intense strikes on the 169th training center of the Ukrainian Ground Forces near the settlement of Desna in Cherngovskoye region,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said. He pointed out that the plan to transfer these formations to the battlefields has been disrupted.
Russia intensified air strikes on Ukraine at the weekend, which also saw a strategic eastern city fall to pro-Russian forces.
For its part, the authorities of the Lugansk Republic announced the presence of several high-ranking employees of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Leszychansk, in the west of the republic, and the necessary measures are being taken to arrest them.
“In addition to many foreign mercenaries in Lyschansk, there are many high-ranking employees of Zelensky’s office,” the Russian TASS news agency quoted the authorities as saying.
“Currently, all necessary measures are being taken to prevent them from infiltrating outside the city,” she added.
Russian missiles hit a residential building and a kindergarten in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Sunday morning, in strikes that US President Joe Biden denounced as “barbaric”, while leaders of major countries in Europe met to discuss imposing more sanctions on Moscow.
Up to four explosions rocked central Kyiv in the early hours of the morning, in the first such attack on the city in weeks.
Life was returning to normal in Kyiv after fierce resistance hampered the Russian advance in the first phase of the war, although sirens sounded repeatedly across the city.
Kyiv has not been hit hard since early June.
Russia denies targeting civilians, but Ukraine and the West accuse Russian forces of war crimes in a conflict that has killed thousands and forced millions to flee Ukraine and devastated cities.