Russia Ukraine War: The Russian military has carried out attacks targeting foreign arms supply chains in the western part of Ukraine. The Russian army has also intensified its attacks in the eastern part of the country. Meanwhile, the European Union has proposed a ban on oil imports to punish Russia for the war.
The Russian military said on Wednesday it used sea and air-launched missiles to destroy power facilities at five railway stations in Ukraine, while artillery and aircraft also attacked military bases, fuel and ammunition depots. The Russian military has laid siege to a steel plant in Mariupol from where several civilians were evacuated in the past few days. A Russian official denied that they were attacking the plant.
Russia intensifies attacks on Ukraine
It was claimed by the Ukrainian forces that Russian soldiers were attacking the plant. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said 21 civilians were killed in the attacks in the eastern Donbass region. The spurt in attacks on the past day comes amid preparations by Russia for ‘Victory Day’ on May 9. The victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany is celebrated as ‘Victory Day’.
This year the world’s eyes are on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will use the occasion to declare a limited victory or expand a “special military operation” for a wider war. Declaring full war, Putin will be able to enforce ‘martial law’ and he will also be able to involve reserve soldiers in the war. On the other hand, Western officials have been saying that a large number of Russian soldiers have been killed in the war with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the speculation on Wednesday, calling it “stupid”.
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Belarus announces military exercises
Russia’s ally Belarus has announced military exercises amid new attacks in Ukraine. In Minsk, the defense ministry said the military drills that began on Wednesday were not meant to threaten any neighbour, but a top Ukrainian official said the country would be ready to act if Belarus joins the war. While Russia has been attacking large parts of Ukraine, many of them are centered on Lviv, a western city near the border with Poland, which is an important route for bringing weapons supplied by ‘NATO’ to the country. The blasts were heard late Tuesday in the city, which has so far only been facing sporadic attacks. It had become a shelter for those who had escaped in the midst of a war that broke out elsewhere. The mayor said the attacks damaged three power sub-stations, power outages in parts of the city and disrupted water supply. Two people were injured.
Attacks to disrupt Western arms supplies
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said the attacks on rail infrastructure were meant to disrupt Western arms supplies, while Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told top military officials that Western countries were supplying weapons to Ukraine. . The introduction of Western weapons into Ukraine helped its forces quell the initial Russian offensive and is sure to play a central role in the Battle for the Donbass as well. Moscow is now saying its focus is on the Donbass after its failure to capture Kyiv in the early weeks of the war. Ukraine has urged the West to increase arms supplies ahead of a potentially decisive battle. Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who had previously been slow to help Ukraine, said on Wednesday that his government was looking at supplying Ukraine with various weapons. The governor of the eastern Donetsk region, which falls in the Donbass region, said 21 people were killed on Tuesday in Russian attacks. Earlier on April 8, at least 59 people were killed in a missile attack on a railway station in Kramatorsk.
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