Ukraine Hits Targets Deep Behind the Front Lines

Ukraine Hits Targets Deep Behind the Front Lines

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On March 30, reports coming out of the city of Melitopol alerted of an attack that damaged infrastructure and knocked out power to the city and the surrounding villages. The city’s former mayor confirmed that there were reports of explosions and contrails in the area during the night.

Melitopol serves as a logistic and railway hub in the southern region of Ukraine. The Russians have used this area to direct supplies, relocate troops, and store weaponry for front-line use, as the city is roughly 50 miles from the front lines, which puts it just outside of the range of Ukrainian HIMARs.

This attack comes after rumors of a counteroffensive from Ukraine as the Russians recover from their harsh offensive in the Bakhmut region that cost them reportedly 30,000 casualties, according to the BBC.

The aftermath of battle in Bakhmut, Donetsk region. (Photo – Yevhen Titov/AFP via Getty Images)

Neither Russia nor Ukraine have stated what weapons were used in the attack, but the damage was not widespread and only caused disruptions, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

This strike could hint at the possibility that the rumors of a Ukrainian counteroffensive might have validity, as targeting supply depots would damage Russia’s ability to respond to attacks on the front line.

Matthew Dellinger
Matthew Dellinger
Matthew Dellinger holds a Political Science and History BS and is working towards a Masters in Public Administration. Before his time at Atlas he joined GoodPolitical to serve as a writer and contributor while also expanding his knowledge on global events. Matthew is proud to be a part of a news organization that believes in delivering truthful, unfiltered, and unbiased news to people around the world.
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