Russia uses hypersonic weapons to compete for steel plants with Ukraine
In the besieged port city of Mariupol, Russian and Ukrainian forces are fighting for control of the Azovstal steel plant, one of Europe’s largest.
|Desolation in Ukraine after Russian attacks. Photo: AP|
AP news agency quoted an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister Vadym Denysenko today (March 19) said on television. “Now, a war is going on for Azovstal. In fact, one of the biggest smelters in Europe is actually being destroyed.”
The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces were “tightening the noose” around Mariupol and that the fight against the nationalists was taking place in the city center. Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boichenko also seems to confirm this claim.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry admitted that it temporarily lost access to the Sea of Azov and this is considered a great loss for Ukraine.
Early this morning, air raid sirens were also sounded in Kiev, Chernihiv and Zhytomyr region, but there was no announcement of air raids. attacks just happened.
Humanitarian corridor opening in Luhansk
The governor of Luhansk province, which borders Russia, said there would be a ceasefire on the morning of March 19 and a humanitarian corridor for evacuation would be open. The “silent regime” was mutually agreed to at 9 a.m., said governor Serhiy Gaidai. Luhansk is located in Ukraine’s coal-rich Donbass region, part of an area controlled by separatists. since 2014.
Mr. Gaidai said 59 civilians in the area have been killed since the fighting began.
Russia used hypersonic missiles to attack Ukrainian targets for the first time
The Russian Defense Ministry also said today that it destroyed a military warehouse, containing missiles and other weapons, underground in the Ivano-Frankivsk region with a hypersonic missile.
According to Interfax news agency, the ministry’s statement said that Russia used the latest Kinzhal hypersonic missile for the first time to destroy an arms depot in western Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry also said it destroyed a Ukrainian military radio and spy center near the port city of Odessa using a coastal missile system.
Russia admitted on March 2 that nearly 500 of its soldiers had been killed, but since then has not updated the number. Meanwhile, Ukraine said that Russian casualties amounted to several thousand.
Russian President Putin vowed to continue the operation in Ukraine until it was successful.
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