The Ukraine war in maps | Russia launches largest missile attack of the conflict against key infrastructure
A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said that around 100 cruise missiles targeted 13 provinces. NATO says it is ‘very likely’ that the projectile that hit Poland was fired by Kyiv’s defense systemsA spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force said that around 100 cruise missiles had been launched at mainly civilian infrastructure targets in the provinces of Kyiv, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Volyn and Kharkiv.
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The Russian government said on Thursday that it had led a series of "massive" land, maritime and air strikes against the "command system and command system on Thursday on Wednesday and a series on Wednesday and air strikes on Wednesday and command system on Wednesday and command system Control "of the Ukrainian army, including targets" linked to energy facilities ".
"On November 23, the Russian armed forces led Massive land, long-range land, maritime and air strikes against the army command and control system and related energy facilities," said the ministry spokesman Russian Defense, Igor Konashenkov.
Russian troops are building new defensive positions nearly 40 miles behind current front lines, a sign they're planning for more retreats, UK intel says
An intelligence update said it's likely that Russia will try to redeploy troops who retreated from Kherson to support offensives in other regions.Ukrainian troops last week entered the southern city of Kherson after Russian President Vladimir Putin's defense chief ordered a retreat across the Dnipro (also called Dnieper) River. Kyiv's capture of the city, which was under Russian occupation since the early days of the war, followed Russian losses in the northeast and marked a massive battlefield humiliation and defeat for Moscow.
He declared that "following attacks, the transfer by railways of the reserves of the Ukrainian armed forces, foreign weapons, military equipment and ammunition to combat zones was disrupted", according to the agency Russian press interfax.
Mr. Konashenkov denied that Russia has attacked targets in or around the capital, kyiv, and stressed that "all the destruction announced by the kyiv regime in the city were the result of the fall of missiles from systems Ukrainian and foreign air defense deployed in the residential areas of the capital ".
For his part, the spokesperson for Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, stressed that Moscow did not attack the "social facilities" in Ukraine. "We pay attention to it," he said, before emphasizing that "targets directly or indirectly linked to military potential (Ukrainian) are likely to be defeated".
"Ukrainian leaders have the opportunity to normalize the situation and have every chance of resolving the situation in a way that meets the requirements of Russia and which ends any possible suffering from civil society" declared Mr. Peskov.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that Russia's attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure constituted crimes against humanity. He added that, under conditions where people support temperatures below zero and where tens of millions of people are deprived of electricity, these bombings are "the Russian formula of terror".
Neither Russia nor Ukraine can control the air over Ukrainian battlefields, but their aircraft are still finding ways to operate .
"You have to adjust quickly to the realities of the operational environment. Otherwise you won't survive for long," a naval aviator told Insider.On paper, Russia had a highly competent air force composed of hundreds of fourth-generation fighter jets as well as attack and transport helicopters. But Russian aircraft have never able to achieve air superiority over Ukraine.