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Russia claims to destroy S-300 missile depot near Kiev

Russia announced the destruction of a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles near the capital Kiev, and confirmed air strikes on the city of Lviv near the Polish border.

“High-precision long-range cruise missiles destroyed the missile stockpile for the S-300 and Buk medium-range long-range air defense systems in the village of Plesetskoye, not far from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. Ukraine about 30 kilometers to the northwest”, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense Russia Igor Konashenkov said today.

General Konashenkov also confirmed that Russian troops carried out two airstrikes with cruise missiles launched from aircraft, targeting the western city of Lviv, near the Ukrainian-Polish border.

Russia announces destruction of S-300 missile depot near Kiev

Ukrainian S-300 and Buk missile depots came under attack by Russian forces on March 26. Videos: Zvezda.

“The first strike destroyed a fuel base that provides logistics for Ukrainian troops in the western part of the country and near the capital Kiev. Another attack hit the infrastructure of the Lviv Radio Repair Plant. , which maintains and modernizes Tor and S-125 air defenses. systems, electronic warfare equipment, radar for the Ukrainian air force and sights for tanks,” he added.

Andriy Yermak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said two air strikes in the western city of Lviv, about 60 kilometers from the Polish border, occurred within two hours yesterday. “This is an attempt to intimidate Ukrainian citizens and foreign diplomats in the city,” he said.

The attack created a huge plume of smoke in the city center, prompting many Lviv residents to take to the streets to watch. Lviv Governor Maksym Kozytsky said that the attack left five people injured, no one was killed.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said that the fuel depot caught fire after the first attack, while the second “caused significant damage” to defense facilities in residential areas. “The attack was like a tribute to President Joe Biden, who visited Poland,” Sadovy said at a news conference before being interrupted by anti-aircraft sirens.

Location of the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, near the Polish border.  Image: NY Times.

Location of the city of Lviv and the capital of Kiev. graphic: NY Times.

On March 26, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of the missile launcher and radar belonging to the Buk air defense system of the Russian Federation. Ukraine unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Russia monitoring during deployment. Seconds later, a huge explosion exploded next to the vehicle, causing the rockets in the vehicle to explode and scatter debris all around.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not say when the attack took place, revealing only that it used an Iskander ballistic missile against a Buk battery near the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

The Ukrainian military has not yet commented on the information.

Prior to the conflict, the air defense forces of the Ukrainian Air Force had more than 70 Buk-M1 batteries and an upgraded version of the Buk-M1-2. Each missile launcher and radar system of the Buk-M1 is equipped with 4 guided missiles with a maximum range of 35 km, using solid fuels with a maximum speed of 3,700 km/h. Each projectile is equipped with a 70 kg fragmentation warhead, which is activated by touch or fuse near the target.

Russian Iskander Missile Destroys Ukrainian Air Defense System

A rocket launcher belonging to Ukraine’s Buk complex is ambushed in video on March 26. Videos: Sputnik.

Russia has been launching a military campaign in Ukraine since February 24 and the fighting has shown no sign of abating so far. Russia’s military advances were most profitable on Ukraine’s southern coast, when it captured the large city of Kherson and a number of smaller targets such as Melitopol.

Moscow has stepped up its attacks in western Ukraine since mid-March, after the initial phase focused solely on targets in the north, south and east of the country. Lviv is a transit point for millions of refugees across Ukraine to neighboring countries.

Many Western countries have provided training to transfer modern weapons, with thousands of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, to Ukraine, mainly through the western gateway of the country.

Vu Anh (Based on Zvezda)

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