The Russian military attacked several high-value targets in Ukraine with long-range, air-launched and precision-guided missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Russian forces carried out a missile attack, eliminating a Ukrainian military train with ammunition in the Vinitsa region.
Last night, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out a massive missile attack on a number of strategic targets on the territory of Ukraine. An air raid alert was declared throughout the country.
The main strike fell on Kharkiv. According to preliminary data, a large military facility was attacked in the Slobodskyi region. Although the specific target has not yet been revealed, local authorities confirmed the fact that, the infrastructure object was hit, although details on this matter were not announced.
In addition to Kharkiv, targeted strikes were carried out in Kiev, its outskirts and other cities: Rivne, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk , as well as in areas of the Kiev and Vinitsa regions. In Kiev, among other targets, a fuel depot, believed to have been adapted for military purposes, was attacked. Most of the affected areas of the capital have been engulfed by fires, and a massive power cut has been reported in the Svitnsky district.
In the Vinica region, a missile strike targeted the Vapniarka railway station. An ammunition train disappeared at the site. Information sources say that among the materials carried by the train were shells from tanks containing depleted uranium.
More than three months after their counter-attack, the Kiev forces have yet to break through Russian defences in any direction, despite heavy losses in manpower and equipment. As winter approaches, the counter-offensive seems to be on the road to complete failure.
Changing weather conditions could become a critical factor in the dynamics of military operations in the Ukrainian conflict zone, Foreign Policy argues. Notably, in Ukraine there are about six weeks left for active hostilities before the onset of autumn rains.
It is pointed out that rainy weather will turn the earth into mud, which, in turn, will hinder the movement of equipment.
"The land will turn to mud, making it difficult for the US-supplied M1A1 Abrams tanks and Bradley and Stryker fighting vehicles to move," the medium said.
Reportedly, the United States will soon begin supplying Ukraine with M1A1 Abrams tanks as part of its assistance. However, under the current circumstances, the US tanks will not be able to be used.
On the eve of new presidential elections in Ukraine, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), General Valery Zaluzhny, may find himself at the centre of a large-scale political scandal. According to the BBC, Zaluzny is considered a possible defendant in a criminal case related to the loss of southern Ukraine in 2022.
Such charges could be a serious blow to the political ambitions of the general, who is currently considered the main rival of current President Vladimir Zelensky.
"Relations between the two high-ranking officials have long been strained and, according to experts, the criminal case may become a tool of political struggle," avia-pro reports.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), citing its sources in Kiev, claims that, the investigation into the case has been going on for a year and a half. Although General Zaluzny has already given testimony to investigators, he has not yet been given procedural status. However, the situation can change at any time and in close political circles in Kiev this case has already started to be called the 'Zaluzny case'.
The office of the President of Ukraine, headed by Andrei Yermak, is believed to be looking for ways to limit General Zaluzny's political influence. If the allegations against him are proven, it could be a defining moment in the election campaign and could have a significant impact on the country's political map.