Day 230: US, Germany Promise Advanced Missile Defense Systems After Wave of Russian Attacks
The US and Germany have vowed to urgently deliver advanced missile defense systems to Ukraine following a wave of Russian attacks across the country on Monday.
The US and Germany have vowed to urgently deliver advanced missile defense systems to Ukraine following a wave of Russian attacks across the country on Monday. While the US did not publicly specify which systems would be sent, Germany announced it would deliver four IRIS-T SLM systems – reportedly capable of defending against missiles at a range of up to 25 miles (40 km).
Ukrainian officials said a total of 19 people were killed and 105 were injured in Monday's attacks, which spanned across 12 regions and the city of Kyiv. They added that as many as 301 settlements remain without electricity. The bombings were widely condemned by officials from Ukraine, Europe, the US, and elsewhere.
Monday's barrage also came hours before a pre-scheduled UN General Assembly debate on Russia's annexation of four territories in Ukraine. Later this week, the topic will be the subject of a UN resolution for which Russia proposed a secret ballot, but this was rejected by 107 votes to 13, with 39 abstentions.
Meanwhile, renewed Russian strikes were carried out overnight in the regions of Zaporizhzhia, where five civilians were reported killed, and Mykolaiv and Sumy, where an additional civilian death was reported in each territory. Three parts of Dnipropetrovsk were also targeted, though there were no reports of civilian casualties in the area.
On Tuesday, Russian strikes were also recorded in the city of Lviv as well as the region of Vinnytsia, where the Ladyzhyn thermal power plant was reportedly hit. Serhii Borzov, head of the regional ministry administration, initially claimed the plant was struck by Iranian-supplied kamikaze drones - this detail was later removed, though reports of the strike itself remain. Ukrainian officials also claimed that a number of Russian missiles were intercepted over the regions of Kyiv, Khmelnytskyi, and Odesa.
Elsewhere, following ongoing negotiations, Ukrainian officials said they have recovered the bodies of 62 soldiers from Russia, including 53 fighters who were killed in a strike on the Olenivka prison camp in Donetsk. It was not clear whether the remains of any Russian soldiers were returned in exchange.
Anti-Russia narrative, as provided by The Guardian. Russia's missile strikes across Ukraine are a cynical response to the attack on the Crimean Bridge; they served little to no military value but were intended to strike fear into Ukraine’s leadership and its civilian population.
Pro-Russia narrative, as provided by Tass. Russia's strikes served a clear purpose - they met terrorist attacks on Russian territory with a firm and decisive response. If this unflinching message goes unheard, and more terrorist acts continue, only the Ukrainian leadership will be responsible for the consequences.