LVIV, ($1=29.69 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Early Monday morning, Russia launched missile strikes on the city of Lviv, located in western Ukraine, 40 miles [64 km] from the Ukrainian-Polish border. The Kremlin later raised at least two Tu-95 nuclear aircraft carriers, and a total of four Tu-95s have been spotted on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the past 48 hours.
The missile strikes over Lviv were powerful and intense and were confirmed by Lviv Regional Governor Maxim Kozitsky. At the time of his statement, 11 people had been killed and many injured, including children. According to Kozicki, three of the victims are in critical condition. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that Lviv has not been affected by the war in Ukraine until today. Maxim Kozitsky says a hotel in Lviv that sheltered citizens fleeing eastern and central Ukraine was hit today.
So far there is no clear information on exactly what missiles were used. A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said that Iskander missiles were used during the night to destroy weapons and military equipment depots – a total of 315 targets, but did not confirm that the strikes on Lviv were Iskander missiles.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that only a few days ago, according to Maxim Kozitsky, it announced that Russian Su-35s had carried out airstrikes on Lviv, noting that these fighters had taken off from Belarus. There is no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Shortly afterward, photos of Tu-95 nuclear bombers flying over the Russian-Ukrainian border were circulated. There is no official information on whether they were armed with nuclear missiles, but BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that this is not the first time Russia has used the Tu-95 in the war in Ukraine, but with non-nuclear weapons, such as the Kh-55 sonic missile and the air cruise missile. land Kh-101.
However, the Kh-101 is a Russian cruise missile that can carry a thermonuclear warhead. Its Kh-102 variant carries a nuclear warhead with a 250 kt nuclear payload.
All this comes amid fears from US intelligence and statements by the Ukrainian president that the world must prepare for a time when the Kremlin will use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
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, and 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.
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, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir 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, as well as tanks entering via the 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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