Russia claims it has shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in a “Special Operations Zone”. The Russian Defense Ministry has shared footage of its OSA air defense system in action. In the footage, a Russian crew fires several rockets inside the OSA air defense system. Ukrainian fighters made fewer combat flights to evade Russian air defense systems. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has so far neither confirmed nor denied Russia’s claim.
Kyiv stunned again by Russian attacks
Apart from this, Central Kyiv was once again shaken by several explosions on Monday after attacks by Russia on several cities of Ukraine last week. Kyiv city mayor Vitaly Klichko said the capital’s central Shevchenko district had been affected by the attack and urged residents to rush to refugee centers to save lives. However, other information regarding the attack was not immediately available. The blasts were carried out in the same central district where a week earlier a Russian missile had targeted a children’s playground and a square near the main buildings of the Kyiv National University. Images and posts uploaded on social media clearly showed plumes of black smoke as the fire broke out in the region of central Kyiv.
The head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Andrey Yermak, wrote in a post on the social media platform ‘Telegram,’ Russian forces attacked Kyiv with Iranian Shahed drones. Russia has been repeatedly using so-called suicide drones to target infrastructure, including power stations, in recent weeks.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his address on Sunday night that heavy fighting was going on around the cities of Bakhmut and Soledar in the Donetsk region.
Rocket attack on Mayor’s office in Donetsk
A rocket attack was carried out on the mayor’s office of a major separatist-held city in Ukraine, for which Russian-backed officials have blamed Ukraine. On the other hand, Ukrainian officials, referring to a separate incident, said that a Russian rocket hit a city across from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, injuring six people. Attacks from both sides have intensified as Russia’s ground slipped in a span of nearly seven weeks following a counter-offensive from the south by Ukrainian armed forces. In the wake of Ukraine’s recent counter-attack, Russia launched its biggest retaliation since its offensive launched on February 24 and launched the largest and most coordinated air and missile strikes on Ukraine’s key infrastructure.
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