12 HIMARS missiles hit the temporarily occupied Kherson – sources

KYIV ($1=37.06 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — 12 missiles fired by the HIMARS system hit the temporarily occupied city of Kherson in Ukraine at night. Russian and Ukrainian sources claim this. Although the two sides differ in their claims, they confirm the strikes during the night.

Official: Video shows the first use of M142 HIMARS by Ukraine
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Russian Telegram channels claim that Ukrainian armed forces have launched 12 missile strikes with Himars. According to them, there are civilian casualties after they hit a civilian post. There were children killed, the Russian sources said, as well as many other civilians as they tried to evacuate.

Ukrainian sources confirmed the missile strikes but said the Antonovsky Bridge was attacked, without giving further details. Both sides are circulating the same video recorded at night. In the video, he sees the launch of anti-aircraft missiles. Due to the nighttime conditions, it is not clear from the video who is hitting what.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

Russia announced that it had destroyed two US-made HIMARS MRLs
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On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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