Early this morning, a Russian Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber attacked a foreign military deployment point. The attack was carried out by dropping a series of aerial bombs [guided bombs]. The point was located near the village of Ivanovka in Kharkiv region, Ukraine. This was announced by the head of the West Group Troops press center, Colonel Sergey Zybinsky.
According to the colonel, the attack was carried out by one Su-34 and its two-man crew. Universal modules were used for planning and correcting aerial bombs. Earlier [early in the morning of the 8th or late in the evening of the 7th of May] the same military direction [West] discovered and destroyed two Ukrainian sabotage-reconnaissance groups of the 14th separate mechanized brigade and the 103rd separate brigade.
Colonel Serhiy Zybinsky says that there were three for the rotation of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine [AFU] on the front line in the area of the settlements of Timkovka, Kislovka, and Novomlinsk. They were thwarted, says the Russian officer.
Use of aerial bombs
According to Russian media, the late-night and early-morning attacks in the past 12 hours in Ukraine are the largest since the start of the “special military operation” in Ukraine [Moscow uses this term instead of the word “war” or “invasion”]. Dozens of aerial bombs were used.
Aerial bombs are becoming a serious challenge for Ukrainian air defense. It is not known what quantity and what models of air defense systems Ukraine has deployed in the area of intense hostilities. However, it is a fact that aerial bombs cause great damage and losses to the Ukrainian army and so far there is no countermeasure against them.
Aerial bombs are actually dumped bombs. To make them maneuverable, the Russian armed forces installed a kit consisting of wings, an optical system, an engine, and GPS navigation. Thus, the bomb can be dropped from a high altitude and fly to the target at a distance of 30 km to 50 km. The destructive power is much greater than the charge in a cruise missile, for example.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine claims that on the night of May 8, 2023, the Russian army attacked the Kyiv region with Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 attack drones. 35 attack UAVs were used, which attacked from the northern direction – Seshta airport [Bryansk region].
All thirty-five “Shakhed-136/131” were destroyed by the air defense forces and means of air defense “Center” of the Air Force in cooperation with the members of the Air Force of Ukraine.
Also around midnight, the Russian Aerospace Forces [VKS] attacked Odessa using Tu-22m3 long-range bombers. A total of eight launches were carried out from the area of Cape Tarkhankut, Crimea. Some of the missiles missed their targets, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry says.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They 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. 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, 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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.
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