In the third such strike in a week, Russia claims to have shot down a drone headed for Moscow, while officials in both Russia and Ukraine have claimed Ukraine struck two bridges connecting Crimea to the mainland.
As Kyiv works to drive out Russian soldiers that have become entrenched throughout southern and eastern Ukraine since their invasion of the nation last year, both nations have increased their attacks against each other’s personnel, equipment, and infrastructure.
The Chonhar bridge, which connects the peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, was reportedly damaged by a missile strike, according to the leader of Crimea designated by Moscow.
Near the town of Henichesk, one of the three road connections between the Crimea and the Russian-occupied regions of mainland Ukraine, was shelled, injuring a civilian driver.
After both sides claimed that an explosive-laden Ukrainian naval drone attacked a Russian petroleum tanker overnight on Friday, the second such incident in 24 hours, traffic was stopped on a third bridge connecting Russia and Crimea.
Moscow’s Vnukovo airport in Russia canceled flights on Sunday due to “reasons outside its control” that were not disclosed. Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, reported that a drone had been shot down south of the city.
In a nocturnal attack, at least 10 Russian missiles appear to have managed to breach Ukraine’s air defenses. According to Ukraine’s air force, the offensive included 70 air assault weapons, including drones and cruise and hypersonic missiles built in Iran.
According to local media, a rescuer died while conducting a search operation and a worker at a grain silo was injured.
The bombings came after what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed was a bombing of a blood transfusion facility in the eastern Kharkiv region town of Kupiansk, 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the front. He referred to the strike as a “war crime” and stated that “there are dead and wounded.” He omitted to mention the number of fatalities or whether or not they were soldiers or civilians.
Zelenskyy stated in his video message on Sunday that modern air defense systems, such as the Patriot produced by the US and the IRIS-T by Germany, were proving to be “highly effective” and had “already yielded significant results” despite waves of Russian airstrikes.
Zelenskyy claimed that Ukraine had shot down “a significant part” of Russia’s raids over the previous week, including 87 Shahed-136 assault drones and 65 different types of missiles.
In its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which has murdered tens of thousands of people, uprooted millions of people, and destroyed cities, Russia denies purposely targeting civilians or military hospitals.
Without providing any information, the Russian defense ministry claimed to have carried out effective airstrikes against Ukrainian air bases in the western Rivne and Khmelnytskyi districts as well as the southern Zaporizhia region.
One of the objectives, according to Serhiy Tiurin, the Khmelnytskyi region’s deputy governor, was a military airstrip near Starokostiantyniv. The majority of the missiles, according to him, were shot down, but explosions destroyed a number of homes, a cultural center, and the bus station, and a fire started in a grain silo.
Two months have passed since Ukraine began a grueling counteroffensive to try and drive out Russian forces who had nearly taken over one-fifth of its land.
Senior officials from roughly 40 nations, including the US, China, and India, discussed the dispute on Saturday and Sunday in Saudi Arabia, but the summit ended with little more specific than a pledge to further discussions, according to a Saudi statement.
The meeting was a component of Ukraine’s diplomatic effort to seek support outside of its primary Western backers. Andriy Yermak, the head of staff for Zelenskyy, claimed the meetings were fruitful but did not elaborate.
Russia chose not to go. According to Sergei Ryabkov, the country’s deputy foreign minister, the gathering was a reflection of the West’s “doomed efforts” to rally developing countries behind Zelenskyy.
According to Russian and international officials, the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia currently precludes the possibility of direct peace negotiations.