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War in Ukraine, Day 109 | Moscow targets Western arsenal

War in Ukraine, Day 109 |  Moscow targets Western arsenal

(Moscow) The Russian military announced on Sunday that weapons supplied by Westerners near Tchortkiv in western Ukraine had attacked a housing base, killing at least 22 people, including civilians, in the war, according to Kyiv.

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Updated at 9:19 p.m.

A statement from Russia’s Defense Ministry said, “Caliph missiles were launched from the sea […] A large warehouse of anti-tank missile systems, man-made air defense systems and shells supplied to the Kiev regime by the United States and European countries near Sortkiev was destroyed.

The Russian military has not said when the strike began, but local Ukrainian officials say at least 22 people, including civilians, were injured and partially destroyed during a strike on Saturday evening in the small town west of the country.

“Yesterday, at 9:46 pm local time, Sortkiev was hit by four missiles, all fired from the Black Sea,” regional governor Volodymyr Druch told a news conference on Facebook, “22 people were injured and all have been admitted to hospital.”

Among the victims were “seven women and a 12-year-old child,” the governor continued.

The head of the administration of the Ternopil region, on which Sortkiev is based, Mr. According to Druze, the strike “destroyed an army installation area” and “damaged residential areas”.

Chortkiv, which had a population of less than 30,000 before the Russian invasion, is located 140 km north of the Romanian border and 200 km southeast of Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine.

Unlike the east and south of the country, which has been heavily affected by three-and-a-half months of fighting between Ukrainian and Russian armies, West Moscow has been the target of attacks by troops, especially military installations aimed at the West. Weapons.

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In the east, in the wake of several days of escalating Russian aggression, the Ukrainian presidential office reported in the morning “a series of attacks and artillery bombings on Siverodonetsk and surrounding villages.”

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Russian attacks destroyed the building in the neighboring city of Lvich, in Siverodonetsk.

The capture of the city would pave the way for another major city in Moscow, Gramadorsk, which would be a stage for the capture of the entire Donbass Basin, which had been mainly run by pro-Russian separatists since 2014 in the Russian-speaking area.