According to a recent statement from Russia’s defense ministry, an onslaught of airstrikes on the city of Kyiv destroyed multiple tanks and pieces of armor that were donated to Ukraine by Western allies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also warned of Western proposals to send an array of long-range rocket systems to Ukraine, with Putin threatening additional attacks if provocation continues. Specifically, Putin threatened to strike targets “we haven’t yet struck” in the event that more rockets are delivered to Ukraine. However, it is unclear whether or not these new targets would extend beyond Ukraine’s border.
Putin elaborated by claiming Moscow will “draw appropriate conclusions and use our means of destruction, which we have plenty of, in order to strike at those objects that we have not yet struck.”
Tanks were not the only target of recent Russian attacks. On Sunday, railway systems and other critical infrastructure in Kyiv was struck by Russian forces.
The attacks marked the first time that the city of Kyiv was struck since April 28th. The attacks also prove that Russia is capable of inflicting damages upon Ukraine’s capital, despite largely abandoning their offensive assault on Kyiv and instead focusing on eastern cities.
A Telegram posting from the Russian Defense Ministry alleges that long-range air-launched missiles were used in Sunday’s attacks. Still, these allegations are yet to be officially confirmed by the Ukrainian government or Western allies.
Ukraine’s response to Sunday’s attacks has been to request “more sanctions, more weapons.” To quote Ukrainian adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, “While someone asks not to humiliate, the Kremlin resorts to new insidious attacks. Each of such terrorist attacks must face a tough response from European capitals: more sanctions, more weapons.”
Podolyak’s remarks were in reference to a recent statement from French President Emmanual Macron, which urged the world not to “humiliate Russia” in response to their attacks against Ukraine so that a diplomatic solution can be reached. Multiple Ukrainian officials have condemned both Macron and France for the sentiments and have urged the nation to fully support Ukraine as opposed to continually speaking with Russia in hopes of reaching an agreement for peace.