Western weapons depot destroyed in Ukraine – Moscow
Russian supersonic Oniks missiles have struck a logistics hub at a military airfield used to supply troops with foreign weapons near the Black Sea port of Odessa, Moscow said on Tuesday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov claimed at a daily press briefing that a hangar with Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat drones was destroyed, along with weapons from the US and the European Union.
The ministry released a video of three missiles being launched from the ground.
Overall, six military sites were hit by airstrikes overnight, including a fortified command center near Kharkov in eastern Ukraine, Konashenkov said.
Moscow previously reported that it had struck a depot with Western arms near Odessa on Sunday.
Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling residential areas in Odessa and killing civilians. Moscow, however, insists that it only strikes military targets.Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.