The Ukrainians attacked us. Our anti-aircraft systems intercepted the missiles fired at our military installations. They provoke us. We do not want war, but we are ready to fight if we are invaded.” Belarusian President Lukashenko, a so far reluctant ally put it inraises the tone and accuses the West of creating a “neo-Nazi monster in UkraineIn recent days, cruise missiles have taken off from Belarusian territory, as well as from the sky of Kursk and Belgorod, in RussiaAnd from the Sea of Azov sow death and terror. And just yesterday, the death toll from a Russian missile closed in the Amstor shopping center in Kremenchug, where a thousand people went shopping: the death toll reached 29 dead and 60 wounded.
Possible targeting of an industrial plant a few hundred meters away, hit by a second missile (two out of hundreds of employees were injured). And cries and cries, again, in a village south of Odessa where the day before yesterday three more missiles fell on a 9-storey apartment building and a resort: 21 dead, including 6 children, 39 wounded. The judiciary in Kyiv is investigating war crimes. The Ukrainians insist it was for revenge after the Russians had to withdraw from the reclaimed and restored Snake Island, but not before the Russians threw phosphorous bombs to clear the weapons left over from the voyage. “There is no longer a Russian shadow there,” says the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valery Zalogny.
President Zelensky stressed that the Russian attack on Odessa was “a direct and premeditated result and not the accidental result of a large-scale missile.” But all analysts agree that the Russians, by tolerating old and outdated Soviet weapons, should be content with less accurate shots. Zelensky counted more than 3,000 missiles fired by the Russians since the beginning of the invasion. For Brigadier General Oleksiy Harumov, 202 of those are in Ukraine in the second half of June, in 68 civilian sites, 120 more than in the first half of the month, an increase of more than 50 percent. “The missiles from Soviet warehouses are not accurate enough, they hit civilian buildings,” he added. The Kh-22 weighing 5 tons from the Kremenchuk was designed to inflict a wound 5 meters deep and 12 meters deep in an aircraft carrier. They were launched by heavy bombers of the 52nd Regiment of the Russian Air Force, from Kursk: in 5 minutes, the missiles cover 300 km until they hit the target, but they are so inaccurate that only half of them manage to hit it at a range of 600 meters. The new generation Kh-32 has been in service since 2016.
British Military Intelligence, in its periodic report, clarified that “An analysis of CCTV footage shows that the June 27 missile in Kremenchug was in fact a Kh-32, which, while introducing improvements to the Kh-22, was not improved after accurately hitting targets on the ground, Especially in an urban environment. This greatly increases the potential for collateral damage in built-up areas.” The truth is that the Russians are suffering from dwindling remaining stockpiles of weapons.
As for the situation on the ground yesterday, the Ukrainians denied the declaration of the pro-Putin Chechen leader, Kadyrov, that the “allied” forces would indeed be inside Lyschansk, the last city to resist in Lugansk, and that they would be encircled. . “We are fighting. A spokesman for the Ukrainian National Guard, Ruslan Mozychuk, warns that the Russians are shooting with all they have. But the city is under control, not surrounded by us.”