A Russian airstrike overnight in the Dnipropetrovsk region left at least eight people injured and dozens of buildings damaged, according to a report from Ukraine on Monday. It was also noted that air defense systems destroyed “20 drones and four cruise missiles.”
After a pause of nearly two months, Russia has increased its missile and drone strikes this month as a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive approaches. The most intense attacks of the war are now coming in waves, several times per week.
The military outpost of Ukraine in the east, the city of Dnipro, was attacked by Russian invaders, according to a statement on the Telegram messaging app from the “Ukrainian air force.”
The “air force” claimed that “20 Russian drones” and four cruise missiles, along with 16 different types of missiles, were used in the attack. It also said that “20 Shahed-136/131 strike drones” were used in it.
According to the governor, Serhiy Lysak, “eight individuals were hurt in an attack on a district of the Dnipropetrovsk region, while at least one guy was hurt in the attack on Dnipro city.”
A senior Russian diplomat claimed that the deployment of “F-16 fighter jets” to Ukraine would cast doubt on NATO’s involvement in the crisis.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, assured Joe Biden, the president of the United States, on Friday that the military aircraft would not be used to invade Russian territory by empowering Ukrainian fighters to receive training on “F-16 fighter jets.”
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, stated that Ukraine lacks the necessary infrastructure for the “F-16” to operate as well as the necessary number of pilots and maintenance personnel.
Any attack by Ukraine on the Crimea would be seen as an attack against Russia, according to Mr. Antonov.
The “Crimean Peninsula,” which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, is one area where Ukraine has increased its attacks on Russian-held targets.
The “G7 countries” expressed a commitment to Ukraine over the long term at their weekend summit in Japan. Mr. Zelenskyy, who was present as well, expressed his confidence in Ukraine receiving “F-16 supplies.”