The Russian army continues its relentless advance and has bombed this Friday three important cities of Ukraine that have caused fatalities, as reported by Mikhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine on his Twitter account and confirmed by Moscow. Two of them are in the West of the country, close to the border with Poland.
The first detonations took place this morning in Lutskin the northwest of the country and only 87 kilometers from Poland, and in Ivano-Frankivskabout 250 kilometers south of the first city.
The mayor of Lutsk, Igor Polischuk, asked the inhabitants to quickly go to the shelters after hearing the first explosions in the city. “Explosions near the airfield. Everyone to shelter!” Polischuk said via Facebook, asking residents not to publish photos, addresses, or establish coordinates, in what could be the first Russian attack against this city, in the region of Volonia and also neighboring Lviv, where tens of thousands of displaced people arrive every day fleeing the war and try to cross into neighboring Poland.
According to sources from the Ukrainian network ICTV, the target of the attack could have been the aerodrome of the city and a factory close.
“Four missiles were fired at the military airfield in Lutsk from a Russian Army bomber as we assessed. Unfortunately, there are human losses. At present, two servicemen have died and six have received injuries of varying severity. The debris is being cleared,” said the head of the Volyn Regional Military Administration Yuriy Pohulyayko in his Telegram account, Ukrinform reports.
bombardment without warning
Also in western Ukraine, near the borders with Romania and Poland, the Army has attacked Ivano-Frankivsk.
“Early this morning on March 11, explosions were heard in Ivano-Frankivsk. For some reason, there was no air raid alert,” the city’s mayor, Ruslan Martsinkiv, was quoted as saying by Ukrinform.
“Explosions were heard in Frankivsk. The military and the State Emergency Service are working. Details will be released later! React to the sirens,” reiterated its mayor.
in the south central part of the country
The ICTV chain also confirmed three air strikes in Dnipro, in the south-central part of the country. According to this television network, the projectiles fell near a kindergartenin a apartment building and in one Shoes factorywrote the State Emergency service in its Telegram account.
“The rescuers are working on the spot trying to put out the fire,” added these sources in Dnipro, where they assure that it has occurred at least one fatality. This city is close to Zaporizhia, where the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is located, now under Russian control.
This is the first time that these cities have been attacked since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began 16 days ago.
Possible siege of Kiev
Meanwhile, the Russian forces besieging Kyiv are repositioning themselves in the northwest of the capital of Ukraine, according to satellite images released by the company Maxar Technologies. British intelligence reports, meanwhile, indicate that Moscow may now be planning a assault on the city in the coming days.
Russia’s main strike force in northern Ukraine had been stalled on a road north of Kiev since the first days of the invasion, after what the West believes was an initial plan for a blitzkrieg assault on the city failed.
But the images released by Maxar this Friday show armed units maneuvering through towns near the Antonov airport in Hostomel, northwest of Kiev. Other elements have repositioned themselves near the small Lubyanka enclave, with artillery shells in attack position.
Operations against the capital
“Russia appears to be seeking to reset and reposition its forces for a renewed offensive activity in the coming days,” the British Ministry of Defense said, citing a report from its intelligence services. “This will probably include operations against the capital, Kiev,” he added.
This report also notes that Russian ground forces continue to make limited progress, with logistical problems hampering their advance and strong Ukrainian resistance.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.