MOSCOW ($1=60.03 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that the workshops of the Iskra plant were destroyed. This is a Ukrainian plant in Zaporizhzhia. According to Russia, the US-supplied HIMARS missile systems were serviced in these workshops.
According to the Russian ministry, the strikes were carried out on Sunday versus Monday [September 18-19]. Precision missiles were used, but the Russian ministry did not say which ones. It is not clear from the statement of the Ministry of Defense whether there were HIMARS in the workshops during the missile attack. It is also unclear whether the Ukrainians continue to use the HIMARS service facility or have used it before.
The Russian Defense Ministry also claimed that at least 70 “military and four units of armored vehicles” were destroyed. They were in the inventory of the Ukrainian battalion “Karputska Setch”. 14 drones were also destroyed [they did not say what model], two Point-U missiles were intercepted, and 24 missiles fired by HIMARS and Alder also have been intercepted. “Two American HARM anti-radar missiles were destroyed near Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region,” the ministry said.
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.
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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