Russian forces strike Kyiv for first time in weeks
Driving the news: The strikes interrupted the sense of normality that had returned in Kyiv since Russian forces were forced out of the capital.
- The strikes were carried out using "long-range air-launched missiles fired from heavy bombers as far away as the Caspian Sea," Reuters reported, underscoring the sophistication of Russia's weaponry.
- The strikes also targeted railway facilities and other infrastructure in Kyiv, AP reported.
The big picture: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against international weapons donations to Ukraine on Sunday, saying that if the U.S. were to provide longer-range missiles as planned, Russia would strike new targets in Ukraine.
What they're saying: "The Kremlin resorts to new insidious attacks. Today’s missile strikes at Kyiv have only 1 goal — kill as many Ukrainians as possible," Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted in response to the strikes.
State of play: The strikes on Kyiv come as the battle in eastern Ukraine continued to rage.
- Last week, Russian forces entered Severodonetsk, the last remaining major city still under Ukrainian control in the Luhansk province of the Donbas.
- Ukrainian forces launched a counterattack in recent days, recapturing roughly half of it, according to Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Gaidai, per Reuters.
Worth noting: The UK's defense ministry stated in an intelligence update Sunday that the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the past 24 hours had blunted the operational momentum Russia had gained up until then.
- The Russian forces deployed in Severodonetsk are poorly equipped and trained separatist fighters, likely used in order to "limit casualties suffered by regular Russian forces."
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