Attack other regions too
Russia fires rockets at Lviv and Odessa
03/05/2022, 11:50 p.m.
According to Ukraine, the Kremlin army is attacking cities across the country. In Lviv, after the rockets hit, the power supply partially collapsed, the mayor reports. A possible reason for the attacks could be to destroy Western weapons.
Cities in several regions of Ukraine have become targets of Russian missile attacks. According to media reports, parts of the western city of Lviv were without power after three power stations were damaged by rockets, according to Mayor Andriy Sadowyj. As a result, he said, there were also problems with the water supply as pumps broke down due to a lack of electricity.
Rocket attacks were also reported from Vinnytsia in the center, Odessa in the southwest and Kirovograd in the center of the country. For the first time since the start of the Russian aggression war on February 24, the Transcarpathian region near the border with Hungary was also attacked with rockets, as reported by regional governor Viktor Mikita in the service Telegram online.
At least 10 people were killed and 15 injured in a Russian attack on a coking plant in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, according to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko. According to him, five other people were killed by shelling in the town of Lyman, four in Wugledar, and there was one death each in the villages of Welyka Nowosilka and Schandrygolowe. The attack on the coking plant took place when the workers had just finished their shift and were waiting at a bus stop. “The Russians knew what they were aiming for,” Kyrylenko stressed.
Selenskyj interprets the attacks as a sign of helplessness
According to leaders in kyiv, Russia wants to stop the supply of Western weapons with massive rocket attacks on Ukrainian railway systems. This is what the head of the office of the president, Andriy Yermak, wrote on Telegram. Many parts of the country had been rocked by explosions. But it will not be possible to stop the supply of armaments, Yermak said. “Everything matters.”
Politically, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj interpreted the attacks as a sign of Moscow’s impotence. “Obviously the Russian military reacted extremely nervously to our successes today,” Zelenskyy said in his evening video address in Kyiv. He reported rocket attacks on Lviv, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Kyiv region and Dnipro region. However, a clear military target could not be identified as even Transkapatia in the far west on the border with Hungary was bombed.
The Russians hid their impotence only “because Ukraine is too strong for them”, Zelensky said. The Russian military fired more than 20 missiles at Ukraine, Ukrainian Air Force Commander Yuri Ignat wrote on Facebook. Many missiles were fired from long-range bombers over the Caspian Sea. Ukrainian air defenses intercepted eight enemy cruise missiles. These military details were not independently verifiable.
Azovstal steelworks also under fire
Russian troops also went on the offensive at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. According to Russian information, Ukrainian fighters took advantage of a ceasefire to reposition themselves there. So Russia began bombing these positions, RIA reported, citing the Defense Ministry. “A ceasefire has been declared, civilians have been evacuated from the Azovstal region,” he added. The soldiers stationed there took advantage of this. “Now units of the Russian army and the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ are starting to destroy these firing positions with artillery and air support.”
According to the United Nations, around 101 people have been evacuated from besieged steel mills so far. Most of them are now in Zaporizhia, where they receive humanitarian aid. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed relief as civilians were rescued from the steelworks and other parts of Mariupol in the evening. “Finally, these people are completely safe,” he said in his video message. The evacuation was prepared with great effort, with long negotiations and the help of various mediators. The group, which included women, children and the elderly, was taken into Ukrainian custody in the city of Zaporizhia on Tuesday.
Ukraine is already preparing for another evacuation of civilians from Mariupol. The regional administration of Zaporizhia has appointed a large shopping center in the west of Mariupol as a meeting point for night transport. However, it is several kilometers from the Azovstal steelworks. “The evacuation is taking place with the support of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Governor Oleksandr Staruch said on Telegram. Before the war of Russian aggression, Mariupol had about 400,000 inhabitants. An estimated 100,000 people are still standing in the largely destroyed city.