Large ammunition stash destroyed in strike near Kramatorsk, Defense Ministry says
Russian forces destroyed a Ukrainian train carrying up to 200 tonnes of munitions, the Moscow Defense Ministry said on Sunday. The strike reportedly took place in the Russian People’s Republic of Donetsk, near the city of Kramatorsk, which remains under Ukrainian control.
The Russian military also actively targeted Ukrainian artillery units, ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told a press briefing.
“During the past 24 hours, tactical and military aviation, missile and artillery units of the Russian Armed Forces struck 82 Ukrainian artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and equipment in 115 areas” , he added. Konashenkov said.
The attack on the train appears to be the biggest military gain of the day, but Russian forces also claimed an attack on a command post of the Ukrainian 81st Airborne Brigade near the village of Belogorovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic. .
Over the past few days, Russian and Ukrainian forces have intensified their long-range strikes against each other.
On Saturday, the Russian army claimed responsibility for the destruction of an important Ukrainian command center, responsible for the operations of troops south of kyiv. The bombardment was carried out with sea-based cruise missiles, according to Moscow.
Earlier this week, the Russian military launched a massive missile salvo into Ukraine, targeting several groups of Ukrainian military reserves. The army declared the strike a success and prevented the redeployment of reserves to the front line.
During the bombardment, a multi-storey residential building was damaged in the Ukrainian city of Uman, killing more than 20 civilians, according to kyiv. Although it was not immediately clear what exactly hit the building, Ukrainian authorities blamed Moscow for the incident. However, Kiev’s own troops have struck civilian targets in the country – and even beyond – with air defense projectiles on several occasions during the conflict, which has been raging since February 2022.
Ukraine, meanwhile, has stepped up the bombardment of Russia’s border regions, including the city of Donetsk, which has come under almost daily artillery and rocket attacks. On Friday, the city came under heavy bombardment, which destroyed and damaged several residential buildings and critical infrastructure, leaving at least nine civilians dead and more than a dozen injured.
Overnight, Kiev forces shelled the village of Suzemka in Russia’s Bryansk region, killing at least four civilians according to local governor Aleksandr Bogomaz.