(Moscow) The Russian army announced on Sunday that it had attacked a western-supplied site near Tchortkiv in western Ukraine, which was largely spared by the fighting, leaving at least 22 wounded, including civilians, according to Kyiv.
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In a statement, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that “Kalibr cruise missiles were launched from the sea […] destroyed near Chortkiv a large warehouse with anti-tank missile systems, man-portable air defense systems and shells supplied to the Kiev regime by the United States and European countries”.
The Russian army did not say when the strike took place, but according to local Ukrainian authorities, a strike in this small western town on Saturday night injured at least 22 people, including civilians, and partially destroyed a military compound.
“Yesterday at 21:46 local time, Chortkiv was hit by four rockets, all launched from the Black Sea,” regional governor Volodymyr Trouch said during a news conference broadcast on Facebook, adding that “there were 22 wounded, all hospitalized were brought in”. .
Among the victims were “seven women and a 12-year-old child,” the governor continued.
According to Mr. Trouch, head of the administration of the Ternopil region, on which Chortkiv depends, “a military installation was partially destroyed” and “residential buildings were damaged” during the strike.
Chortkiv, which had a population of just under 30,000 before the Russian offensive, is 140 km north of the border with Romania and 200 km south-east of Lviv, a major city in western Ukraine.
Unlike the east and south of the country, which has been badly affected by fighting between Ukrainian and Russian armies for the past three and a half months, the west has only very sporadically been the target of attacks by Moscow troops, which aimed in particular at western military installations with weapons.
In the east, on the front line, where the Russian offensive has been intensifying for several days, the Ukrainian presidency reported in the morning of “constant attacks and artillery shelling on Sieverodonetsk and the surrounding villages”.
The city’s capture would open the way to another major city, Kramatorsk in Moscow, a stage in the conquest of the entire Donbass Basin, a primarily Russian-speaking region partially held by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.