Russia Fires at Least 75 Missiles into Ukraine, Largest Salvo Since February 24th

Russia Fires at Least 75 Missiles into Ukraine, Largest Salvo Since February 24th

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At approximately midnight EST, the Russian Federation fired at least 75 missiles and drones across at least 23 oblasts according to President Zelensky. The strikes targeted key civilian and military infrastructure including bridges, electrical stations, bus stations, military bases, and even the Presidential office and SBU Headquarters in Kyiv. The U.S. embassy in Kyiv sent this email to diplomatic personnel:

The first wave of missiles at midnight EST included up to 40 while another wave at 0300 EST included up to 47 missiles. The Mykolaiv Governor Kim also reported that up to 10 Shahed 136 loitering munitions were sent across the Ukrainian border at around 0300 EST.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander Zaluzhnyi told press that more than 75 missiles were launched with about 40 of them being intercepted. The Ukrainian General Staff announced that 83 munitions had been launched with 43 of them being intercepted. Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmyal confirmed that 40 missiles were intercepted as well as 9 drones were intercepted of the 80 missiles launched and 12 drones. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry claimed that cruise missiles fired from Kalibr-capable ships in the Black Sea and Tu-95M bombers impacted targets throughout the country.

For reference, the Russian Federation launched about 100 Kalibr cruise missiles on February 24th, primarily striking military targets. This escalation against civilian targets, especially the energy sector showcases Putin’s desperate bid to disrupt Ukrainian resolve in the face of a Winter without Russian energy.

The most significant damage to Ukrainian infrastructure occurred in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast after the primary power station was directly struck. The city government announced that the entire city was to be forcibly disconnected from the grid in order to make repairs.

International condemnation has been pouring in all day concerning the escalation of the strikes.

U.S. President Biden published this statement as well:

”The United States strongly condemns Russia’s missile strikes today across Ukraine, including in Kyiv. These attacks killed and injured civilians and destroyed targets with no military purpose. They once again demonstrate the utter brutality of Mr. Putin’s illegal war on the Ukrainian people.

We offer our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were senselessly killed today, as well as our best wishes for the recovery of those who were wounded.

These attacks only further reinforce our commitment to stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes. Alongside our allies and partners, we will continue to impose costs on Russia for its aggression, hold Putin and Russia accountable for its atrocities and war crimes, and provide the support necessary for Ukrainian forces to defend their country and their freedom.

We again call on Russia to end this unprovoked aggression immediately and remove its troops from Ukraine.”

However, the most notable international response was from Moldova, which summoned their Russian ambassador since three cruise missiles from the Black Sea overflew Moldovan airspace to impact targets in Western Ukraine.

 

Tessaron
Tessaron
Tessaron Former United States Marine Corps Intelligence Officer. United States Naval Academy alumni and current graduate student in Intelligence Analysis at American Military University. Covering flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.