Ukraine said Thursday that Moscow forces had struck a military base north of the capital Kyiv, in a rare recognition of a successful Russian attack on Ukrainian military infrastructure.
High-ranking Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksiy Gromov told reporters that around 0200 GMT, Russian forces fired “six Kalibr cruise missiles at the Lutizh military base.”
According to him, one building was destroyed and two damaged in an attack on a city about 30 kilometers north of the capital.
He added that the missiles, one of which was shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system, were fired from the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Gromov also reported shelling the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine with artillery shells fired from neighboring Belarus, an ally of Moscow.
He added that there are “losses” among Ukrainian servicemen.
To the east, Gromov said, Russian forces were trying to advance toward Seversk and Bakhmut, cities in the industrial Donbas that Moscow is trying to capture.
According to him, the situation there was “difficult, but completely controllable.”
Gromov added that in the Russian-controlled Kherson region, where Ukrainian forces are counter-offensive, three villages have been recaptured in the past two weeks.
“Anxious morning. Again missile terror. We will not give up,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on social networks.
At least one person died and two were injured in an airstrike in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Governor Valentin Reznichenko said on social networks.
Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city in the northeast, was hit twice at night by S-300 missiles, causing fires, Mayor Igor Terekhov said.
In the south of the Nikolaev region, as a result of “massive” shelling, one person was injured, a school building was destroyed, the region’s governor Vitaly Kim said.