[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Kim Kwang-won = Amid news that the Ukrainian military is preparing for a counter-attack in April or May, missile and drone strikes were launched against Russian-owned Melitopol and the Crimean Peninsula.
According to foreign media such as CNN and the Guardian on the 29th (local time), the Ukrainian army fired six rockets in Melitopol, south of Zaporizhia, and attempted a drone attack on the Crimean Peninsula, but it was shot down , Russian officials said.
Vladimir Rogov Zaporizhza, appointed by the Russian government, said on the same day that the railway infrastructure of Melitopol was damaged by the mass attack of the Ukrainian army.
He said Russian air defenses shot down three rockets, and three more exploded after falling on railway tracks, sub-stations and railway depots. No injuries have been reported so far.
In this regard, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, citing local officials appointed by the Russian military, said that Ukrainian soldiers had fired and that the city’s electricity supply had been damaged, leaving power in the city and nearby villages cut off. .
In addition, the Russian-appointed head of the administration of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Akshonov, posted on Telegram that “a UAV (drone) was shot down in the Simferopol region (south of the Crimean Peninsula)” and that “there was no injuries. or damage.”
According to a video shared on social media that day, an explosion was reported to have occurred near a Russian airbase in the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia forcibly seized from Ukraine in 2014.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov suggested in an interview with Estonian television that a large-scale offensive using Western-backed Leopard 2 and Challenger 2 tanks could begin in April or May.
Reznikov said that the German-made Leopard 2 tanks that have started arriving in Ukraine “will be part of an anti-insurgent operation according to the decision of the General Staff,” and that a large-scale attack will be launched at the most convenient and “depends on the weather.” he explained.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group, a Russian private military group, said yesterday that the Ukrainian army had been “practically destroyed” during the Battle of Bakhmut in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, but that the Wagner group had suffered “serious damage”.
Prigozhin claimed that “this will be a turning point where only the Russian army will remain on the chessboard and the rest will disappear,” but street fighting has continued even after he previously declared victory in Bakhmut, and Ukraine insists that the situation has stabilized.
In the midst of this, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on the same day that it had begun training with the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and thousands of troops.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the “hybrid war” was a protracted one. The Kremlin has said it sees the conflict in Ukraine as part of a long-term war. “If you mean war in the broad context of a conflict between hostile and unfriendly countries, the hybrid war they have unleashed against Russia, then it is protracted,” he said.
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