Kiev tank factory destroys Russia
Russia has used high-precision strikes to destroy an armored vehicle manufacturing plant in Kiev and a military repair depot in the southern Ukrainian city of Nikolaev, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
He said 16 targets were hit overnight, including Ukrainian military units, weapons and ammunition depots and radar facilities.
Moscow has warned of escalating attacks on the capital after Ukraine was accused of shelling Russian territory. Kiev condemned the attacks on Russian soil.
Russia on Thursday confirmed that a cruiser belonging to the country’s Black Sea Fleet had sunk in a fire and detonated ammunition. However, Ukraine claimed that the Russian ship was hit by missiles.
Russia invaded a neighboring state in late February after Ukraine failed to comply with the terms of the Minsk Accords, first signed in 2014, and Moscow finally recognized the Donetsk and Lugansk republics. German and French mediation protocols were designed to grant special status to the secession areas in the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country, not a member of the US – led NATO military alliance. Kiev stressed that the Russian invasion was not entirely provocative and refuted claims that it intended to forcibly recapture the two republics.