Russia hit over 1,200 Ukrainian targets with missiles, airstrikes and artillery
London: Russia claimed to have hit more than 1,200 Ukrainian targets with missiles, airstrikes and artillery, and street fighting broke out as President Vladimir Putin’s troops launched their new offensive in the Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine, the Daily Mail reported.
Russian troops have managed to take control of the eastern city of Kreminna after hours of relentless shelling, as gunfights between Putin’s men and fighting Ukrainian forces continue.
“Control of the city of Kreminna is lost, street fights are taking place,” said Lugansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had started the “battle for Donbass “.
Downing Street has been warned the battle could take ‘months’ as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the situation in Ukraine was ‘precarious’ and that Putin intended to win “whatever the human cost”.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that high-precision air missiles hit 13 Ukrainian positions in parts of the Donbass region, including the city of Slavyansk, while airstrikes hit 60 military targets.
Overall, Russia claimed to have hit 1,260 Ukrainian military assets in the night bombardment and a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jet was shot down near Malinovka in the Donetsk region, the Daily Mail reported.