KYIV ($1=36.93 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Russia has launched a missile strike, destroying the railway infrastructure of the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih. The information was officially announced by the head of the city military administration, Mr. Yevgeny Sitnichenko. He did this on the broadcasts of the Rada TV channel.
According to Sitnichenko, the strike caused significant damage to the city’s railway infrastructure. There were no casualties, Sitnichenko says, but it will take time to restore rail traffic. “At this point the destruction is significant. Is there an option to travel by rail now – we don’t have that option. And as for rebuilding, it’s going to be a lot of work and a long job,” he said.
Russian and Ukrainian sources claim that there were two missiles. It is not known what type of rockets were used. The Ukrainian city is located in the western part of the Dnipropetrovsk region. According to Russian sources, Ukrainian authorities in the city were warned of the upcoming missile strikes a day before the attack. Thus, on November 26, the administration of Kryvyi Rih was forced to turn off several transformer substations.
The Crimean bridge is a reason
Moscow has warned Kyiv that the Russian military will launch strikes on sites related to Ukraine’s military potential. The strikes, according to the Kremlin, will be “direct or indirect”. The Russian President’s spokesman, Mr. Dmitry Peskov, also issued a warning. He said that “Ukraine must follow the demands of the Russian side and accordingly stop all the suffering of the local population.”
Such strikes are no longer new for the Ukrainian authorities. The reason for attacking energy infrastructural objects, as well as objects of military importance to Ukraine, is the blowing up of the Crimean bridge. According to the Kremlin, the bombing was organized by the Ukrainian security services. The US, UK, and European Union leaders have criticized the strikes.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.