Russian MoD denies strikes upon Kyiv and near Polish border

Russia’s Defence Ministry has announced that it launched “a massive attack using high-precision long-range air- and sea-based weaponry at the military control system of Ukraine and energy facilities related to it” yesterday. No missile strikes were executed upon Kyiv, the ministry claims.

“We want to emphasise that the high-precision attacks were launched only at the targets located in Ukraine and no closer than 35 kilometres from the Ukrainian–Polish border,” reads the ministry’s statement. “All the launched missiles have accurately stricken the assigned targets. All the facilities have been neutralised. All the destruction in the residential quarters of the Ukrainian capital, demonstrated by the Kiev regime, are the direct consequence of the fall and self-destruction of the air defence missiles launched by Ukrainian forces from the foreign-manufactured air defence systems deployed within the city limits.”

The ministry also claims that its “professionals” have identified the wreckage seen on the footage from Poland’s Przewodów as “elements of S-300 air defence guided missile of Ukrainian Air Force.” Ukraine’s officials blame Russia for the incident.

Russia executed mass missile strikes upon Kyiv and several regions of Ukraine yesterday, killing at least one person. Half of Kyiv’s residents had no power supply following the strikes. Air defence systems were reported working in the regions of Poltava, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Odesa and Cherkasy. Locals also reported strikes in the region of Kharkiv where the metro suspended operation.

Polish radio station Zet was first to announce that two missiles had hit the locality of Przewodów, the Lublin Voivodeship, yesterday evening. The local firefighters confirmed that there had been explosions in the area. At the same time, a brigade captain said that it was unclear what caused the incident. He also said that two people died at the emergency site.

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