Zelensky says Russia fired 800 glide bombs in every week as dozens injured in Kremlin strikes | EUROtoday

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that Russia has fired greater than 800 glide bombs at Ukraine in simply the final week, as Moscow continues to make use of the modified Soviet-era explosives to kill each troopers and civilians.

The bombs, which have been retrofitted with precision steerage techniques and will be launched from plane flying out of vary of Ukrainian air defences, have proved pivotal to Moscow regaining the initiative on the frontline in latest months.

The bombs can weigh greater than a ton and are able to lowering total multi-storey buildings to rubble.

Residents of Kharkiv, some of the often focused civilian-populated areas in Ukraine, described the bombs as a kind of psychological torture, as even bomb shelters fail to guard in opposition to explosives that create such deep craters.

“This week alone, Russia has used more than 800 guided aerial bombs against Ukraine,” Mr Zelensky wrote on X, previously Twitter.

“Against our cities and communities, against our people, against everything that makes life normal.

“Ukraine needs the necessary means to destroy the carriers of these bombs, including Russian combat aircraft, wherever they are. This step is essential.

“Clear decisions are needed to help protect our people. Long-range strikes and modern air defence are the foundation for stopping the daily Russian terror. I thank all our partners who understand this.”

Ukrainians say the best means – and in most circumstances, the one means – of stopping this aerial risk is with US-made F-16 fighter jets. But Kyiv’s companions have solely lately overcome their hesitation to ship these jets to Ukraine, having beforehand considered such weapons as too offensive in nature. The first batch of round 80 pledged are because of arrive later within the yr.

But the bomb’s retrofitted navigation means Russian fighter jets can launch the bombs from nicely out of vary of Ukrainian air defences, that are briefly provide anyway, and longer-range missiles equipped by Kyiv’s companions can not have interaction airborne, cell targets.

Kyiv maintains that the availability of F-16s will enable them to tackle Russian fighter jets whereas within the air, putting the bomb earlier than it has been launched.

Dozens of Ukrainians, together with an eight-month-old toddler, have turn into the newest victims injured in Russian aerial strikes over the previous 24 hours.

Local residents stand next to an apartment building damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine

Local residents stand subsequent to an condominium constructing broken throughout a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine (REUTERS)

On Sunday, one particular person was killed and 9 others, together with the toddler, had been injured in a strike on a publish workplace in Ukraine’s second largest metropolis of Kharkiv.

The head of Kharkiv’s regional administration, Oleg Synegubov, stated the strike had broken a publish workplace within the metropolis, killing one of many staff.

Over Sunday night time and into Monday morning, strikes within the capital of Kyiv and additional southeast in Dnipro injured no less than 13 folks, together with two youngsters.

The governor of Russia’s Belgorod area, in the meantime, claimed in a press release {that a} civilian had been killed in shelling of an agricultural facility.

Moscow says Belgorod, which borders Ukraine’s Kharkiv area, has come underneath common assault from Kyiv’s forces.

Russia’s defence ministry additionally claimed that its forces had taken management of two villages in japanese Ukraine.

The ministry stated in a press release that the Russian military was now in charge of the settlement of Stepova Novoselivka in Kharkiv area, and of Novopokrovske in Donetsk area.

However, Ukrainian struggle tracker DeepState, identified to have shut ties to the army, reported that each cities had been nonetheless underneath Ukrainian management.