Russia launched 30 cruise missiles at various parts of Ukraine early Thursday. According to officials, in the latest nocturnal test of Ukrainian air defences, which shot down 29 of them.
According to Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokeswoman for the region’s military administration. The missiles by Russia got through and struck an industrial facility in the southern region of Odesa, killing one and injuring two.
In the midst of Russia’s recent air assaults. China said its special envoy met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier this week during meetings with Ukraine’s main diplomat in Kyiv.
Beijing’s peace offering has so far achieved no visible breakthrough in the fighting. And Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated Thursday. The warring sides needed to “accumulate mutual trust” in order to make headway.
According to Ukraine’s presidential office, Ukrainian officials sought China’s assistance during the discussions for Kyiv’s own peace plan. Zelenskyy’s proposal involves restoring his country’s territorial integrity. Withdrawing Russian forces, and making Russian President Vladimir Putin legally responsible for the February 2022 invasion.
Ukrainian sabotage action behind Russian lines
Meanwhile, Kremlin-installed officials in occupied Crimea reported an explosion Thursday that caused the derailment of eight train cars. Raising additional concerns about probable Ukrainian sabotage action behind Russian lines. According to Russian state media, the train was transporting grain.
According to the state news outlet RIA Novosti, which cited an emergency services source. The event occurred near Simferopol. The derailment was caused by “unauthorised persons’ interference.” According to the Crimean Railway Company, there were no casualties.
Ukraine officials have refused to comment on alleged sabotage. Andriy Yusov, the spokesperson for Ukraine’s military intelligence, stated on Ukrainian television that Russian train lines “are also used to transport weapons, ammunition, and armoured vehicles.”
Overnight, huge explosions were heard in Kyiv as Kremlin forces assaulted the capital for the ninth time this month. In a clear escalation following weeks of calm. And ahead of a much-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive employing freshly delivered modern Western weapons.
Debris rained on two areas of Kyiv, sparking a fire at a garage complex. Serhii Popko, chief of the Kyiv Military Administration, said in a Telegram post that there was no immediate word on any victims.
Ukraine shot down explosions
According to authorities, Ukraine also shot down two Russian explosive drones and two reconnaissance drones.
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, posted on Telegram. That the missiles were launched from Russian sea, air, and ground facilities.
He said several waves of missiles were launched at Ukraine between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to Kyiv authorities, Russian forces utilised strategic bombers from the Caspian region and presumably fired X-101 and X-55-type missiles created during the Soviet era. The Russians then sent reconnaissance drones over the capital.
Officials reported that in the most recent significant air attack on Kyiv, on Tuesday, Ukrainian air defences backed by advanced Western-supplied equipment shot down all approaching missiles.
That attack used hypersonic missiles, which Putin has long hailed as a crucial military advantage. Because of their hypersonic speed and maneuverability, the missiles, which are among the most modern weaponry of Russia, are difficult to identify and intercept.
However, powerful Western air defence systems, especially American-made Patriot missiles, have helped save Kyiv from the kind of devastation seen along the country’s main front lines in the east and south.
Ground Battle virtually stalled
While the ground battle along that front line is virtually stalled, both sides are targeting each other’s territories with long-range weapons.
The struggle for Bakhmut and the surrounding territory in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province has been the most violent, with a Ukrainian military spokesman reporting Thursday that the army pushed up to 1.7 kilometres (more than a mile) there the day before.
Simultaneously, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the rich owner of Russia’s private military contractor Wagner, whose forces had led the charge in the battle, said that Russian army units had retreated from positions north of the city. Prigozhin is a vocal opponent of Russia’s military.
According to the presidential administration, at least seven Ukrainian citizens were killed, including a 5-year-old boy, and 18 people were injured in the preceding 24 hours.
A drone assault also injured two persons in Russia’s southern Kursk district, which borders Ukraine, according to the regional governor on Thursday.
Roman Starovoit said in a Telegram post that the Ukrainian military dropped an explosive device from a drone on a sports and recreation facility.