Russia said on Wednesday it had destroyed all of its targets in massive strikes the previous day in Ukraine, saying they had targeted Ukraine’s military leadership and energy infrastructure.
The Russian Ministry of Defense indicated that “the goal was achieved, as all missiles hit the precisely defined targets, and all these sites were destroyed,” claiming that they targeted “the military command system of Ukraine and related energy facilities.”
He also claimed that he had not carried out any strikes on Kyiv the previous day, and that the destruction observed in the Ukrainian capital was caused by the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense.
“All the destruction in the residential areas of the Ukrainian capital (…) is a direct result of the fall and self-destruction of anti-aircraft missiles launched by Ukrainian forces,” the Russian ministry said in a statement.
A number of buildings in Kyiv were hit as a result of the bombing.
Moscow systematically denies it has hit civilian sites in Ukraine, often blaming Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense systems or accusing Kyiv of destroying them.
Tuesday’s huge blows came after another humiliating Russian withdrawal. Russia, under pressure from a Ukrainian counterattack, ceded the northern (south) Kherson region on 11 November, although it claims annexation.
Kyiv said the blasts deprived some 10 million Ukrainians of electricity on Tuesday.
Russia is accused of deliberately targeting its neighbor’s civilian infrastructure as winter approaches in order to sway Ukrainians’ determination to resist its military onslaught.
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