Russia: “Used a hypersonic rocket”. Attack in Southern Ukraine

Of Marta Serafini

The Moscow army hit an underground warehouse in Delyatyn, with missiles being used for the first time in the field. Kiev: 14,400 Russian soldiers and a fifth general killed

from our correspondent

LEOPOLI – Ten in the morning, 24th day of the war. The Russian agency Interfax relaunches the news that according to the spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, the Moscow army has hit the underground warehouse of Delyatyn, with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, for the first time used in the field. For the Russian military, these weapons are capable of hitting targets at a distance of more than 2,000 km, while ensuring that they overcome all existing and developed air and missile defense systems. Delyatyn is located 50 kilometers from Ivano Frankvsk, who has been hit several times, both at the beginning of the invasion and in recent weeks. Goal, the civil and military airport, one of the most important in the Oblast region. “Leave your homes,” the mayor of Ivano Franzvs’k had said in recent days. Furthermore, rumors have been circulating among civilians for days of sabotage to the anti-missile system. “Last week the sirens did not sound before an attack and this is strange,” a Ukrainian soldier confirmed to us, asking not to be mentioned.

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The sirens

11.36 am the sirens resume sounding in Lviv after a quiet night and after the attack on Friday confirmed by both sides on a hangar near the city airport. A few minutes later the sirens also sounded to Ivano Frankvs’k. But so far no one has yet confirmed the news of the supersonic missiles. 11.40 am, we try to call the mayor of the city but the number is always busy, meanwhile the air alert continues. A few minutes later we contact the press office of the governor of the Oblast region, Vitaliy Fedoriv. “Here in the last few hours there has been no attack, no one has heard anything, sirens sound but the situation is calm,” the spokeswoman tells us. A few minutes pass and a twist. A spokesman for the Ukrainian air force, Yurii Ihnat, confirms the attack on the Ukrainskaya Pravda newspaper but does not specify whether the missile or missile used by the Russians is really a Kinzhal, or some other type. He also confirms neither the presence of victims, nor damage.

In Mykolaiv

3.30 pm, we call a Ukrainian colleague who lives and works in Delyatyn. “We haven’t heard any rumbles or seen smoke or flames. But at 2pm on Saturday we heard very loud rumble as if the planes were flying low. But we didn’t see anything in the sky, ”she says on the phone. The big question aside, the news bounces west from the fronts. In the South West, in Mykolaiv, the budget of Friday’s Russian raid on some barracks where Ukrainian soldiers were trained is still unclear. According to reporters on the spot, the dead are over 40. The mayor of the city, Oleksandr Senkevich, speaks of a “difficult situation”, with numerous surrounding villages in the hands of the Russians. Mykolaiv is located east of the port of Odessa and the forces of Moscow, after unsuccessfully trying to outflank it to the north, have resorted to artillery.

The fallen

Also in the Odessa region, the Kremlin claims to have destroyed three S-300 air defense missile systems and Ukrainian intelligence radio surveillance centers in Velykyi Dalnyk and Velykodolynske. Kiev, for its part, speaks of 14,400 Russian soldiers killed and a fifth Russian general killed in battle, Andrei Mordvichev, who died in Chernobayevka under the blows of artillery. The only result obtained by the Russians, the confirmation that comes from Mariupol: the Russian forces have managed to enter the city and street fighting is complicating the rescue operations to free the hundreds of people trapped in the basement of the bombed theater. The capital closes the circle. According to US intelligence sources, Moscow forces deployed 30 kilometers east of Kiev are facing fierce resistance. Russian troops are also making little progress in Chernihiv, in the north, and in Karkhiv, the country’s second city, now besieged and the target of heavy bombing. According to the British defense minister, the Russian military continues to struggle with logistical problems, linked not only to the distance between the lines but to the constant Ukrainian attacks on supply chains. A theatrical performance is planned for today in Ivano Frankvs’k. It will be Shakespeare. And it will be played in a bunker. The title – that too – is yet to be confirmed.

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