Russia Launches Unprecedented Air Assault on Ukraine, Drawing Global Condemnation
Since the start of its full-scale invasion, Russia has launched the largest aerial attack on Ukraine. At least 31 people have died and over 150 have been injured as a result of an unprecedented number of drones and missiles targeting different areas around Ukraine, the Ukrainian military told CNN. The attacks, which involved 158 drones and missiles, struck cities including Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv. They also featured hypersonic Kinzhal missiles and cruise missiles. International humanitarian law was violated, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who denounced the strikes and they were widely condemned. Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, promised a military reaction.
This assault happened soon after Ukraine attacked a Russian Navy landing ship in Crimea and just after the US withdrew its final round of military aid. President Biden emphasized that American defensive systems are intercepting Russian missiles and drones, and he encouraged Congress to approve more aid. Congress, however, has put a stop to the money. After Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the counteroffensive has stalled and Western backing has decreased over the course of almost two years.
Following the assaults, the United Kingdom declared it would be deploying air defense missiles to Ukraine, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, promised continued EU support. Moscow targeted military installations, according to the Russian ambassador to the UN, refuting Ukraine’s claim that civilian buildings, including hospitals, were also attacked. Following the strikes, Ukraine issued strong appeals for military and financial support in order to thwart Russian invasion.