Dozens of Russian missiles rain down on military sites across Ukraine

Dozens of Russian missiles slammed into military installations in western and northern Ukraine on Saturday, local officials said, as Europe’s biggest ground conflict since World War II entered its fifth month. .

Governor of Lviv region in western Ukraine Maxim Kozytskyi said in a video posted online that six missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Yavoriv base, four of which hit the base and two were intercepted and destroyed before reaching their target.

Vitaliy Bunechko, governor of Zhytomyr region in the north of the country, said strikes on a military target killed at least one soldier.

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“Almost 30 missiles were launched at military infrastructure very close to the city of Zhytomyr,” Bunechko said, adding that almost 10 missiles were intercepted and destroyed.

In the Chernihiv region, also in the north, Governor Vyacheslav Chaus said the small town of Desna came under “massive” rocket fire on Saturday morning. Chaus did not specify what was affected, but said there was “damage to infrastructure”.

There were no casualties, he added.

Desna is home to a training center for Ukrainian infantry forces.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm the various reports, and there was no immediate comment from Moscow.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a “special military operation” but abandoned an early advance on the capital Kyiv in the face of fierce resistance from Ukrainian fighters backed by Western weapons.

Since then, Moscow has focused on southern Ukraine and Donbass, an eastern region made up of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces, deploying large amounts of artillery in some of the fiercest ground fighting in Europe. since World War II.

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