Russia Claims Images Show Missile Strikes On Ukrainian Positions
This footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense purports to show missile strikes they allegedly carried out on Ukrainian positions.
The images were obtained on Friday, June 15, from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).
The Russian MoD claimed that the footage shows ongoing military operations carried out against Ukrainian forces. Zenger News has not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” July 15 marks the 142nd day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 15, Russia had lost about 38,000 personnel, 1,672 tanks, 3,866 armored combat vehicles, 842 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 109 air defense systems, 220 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 681 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,731 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 67 units of special equipment.
At least 23 people, including three children, have been killed and up to 117 others have been injured after Russian missiles hit the city center of Vinnytsia, in west-central Ukraine, far from the front lines. The State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine has said that it is looking for 39 people who are currently missing, and 34 others are in serious condition.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called the attack “an open act of terrorism”.
The United States, as well as over 40 other countries have agreed to coordinate their investigations into suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Forty-five countries, including European Union countries, as well as the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Australia signed a declaration at a conference in The Hague on Thursday, July 14, agreeing to work together.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that Russia’s war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to the global economy. She added that representatives of the Russian regime “have no place” at the G20 meeting in Indonesia.
Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister, has said that Kyiv is “definitely a step closer” to being able to export grain through its Black Sea ports after talks with Russia, Turkey ,and the UN.
The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War has said that Russia has begun “volunteer mobilizations” to address soldier shortages, saying that Moscow had “likely ordered Russian ‘federal subjects’ (regions) to form volunteer battalions to participate in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, instead of declaring partial or full mobilization in Russia.”
President Zelenskyy has said that Russia has forcibly removed nearly 2 million people from the country.
Speaking for the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an immediate halt to Russian deportations of Ukrainian citizens.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has ruled out giving any territory to Russia as part of any ceasefire deal.