Within the last 24 hours, Russia unleashed a barrage of airstrikes, targeting more than a hundred settlements, marking this as the most extensive assault in the current year, as disclosed by Ukrainian authorities in Kiev.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klimenko conveyed this grim news on social media, underscoring the gravity of the situation, stating, "In the last 24 hours, the enemy bombed 118 settlements across ten regions," emphasizing the stark escalation compared to earlier in the year.
This relentless wave of violence didn't spare key infrastructure either, with an oil refinery located in the heart of Ukraine, Kremenchuk, falling under attack. Fortunately, no casualties were reported in this incident, but it demanded the courageous efforts of over a hundred firefighters who toiled relentlessly to quell the inferno, as reported by Klimenko.
Ukrainian Air Force displayed exceptional courage as they diligently safeguarded their airspace
Ukraine and its Western allies are gripped with fear that Russia might intensify its assaults on Ukraine's critical energy infrastructure, a tactic employed the previous winter to exert pressure.
Regrettably, in the most recent wave of bombings, two precious lives were lost, with one person tragically killed in Kharkiv and another in the Kherson region. These devastating losses, confirmed by local officials, serve as a painful reminder of the human toll exacted by the ongoing conflict, deepening concerns on the international stage.
In the face of these dire circumstances, the Ukrainian Air Force displayed exceptional courage as they diligently safeguarded their airspace, achieving an impressive feat by successfully intercepting and downing 18 out of the 20 Russian drones that operated overnight.
On the other side of this ongoing conflict, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared that they had taken down two Ukrainian drones over the regions of Bryansk and Kursk, areas that share borders with Ukraine. These events highlight the persistence of hostilities and the challenging situation faced by both sides in the conflict, underscoring the urgent need for a peaceful resolution.