Russian missiles reportedly bombarded more than 40 Ukrainian cities and villages on Thursday in response to a U.N. General Assembly vote that called Moscow's takeover of Ukrainian land "illegal," and Ukraine's allies committed more military aid.
Kyiv: Russian missiles reportedly bombarded more than 40 Ukrainian cities and villages on Thursday in response to a U.N. General Assembly vote that called Moscow’s takeover of Ukrainian land “illegal,” and Ukraine’s allies committed more military aid.
Russia reiterated its claim that by aiding Ukraine, the West was demonstrating that “they are a direct party to the conflict” and warned that NATO membership for Ukraine may start a third world war.
“Kyiv is well aware that such a step would imply the guaranteed rise of the Third World War,” said Alexander Venediktov, deputy secretary of the Russian Federation’s Security Council.
Russian missiles have struck more than 40 towns in the last 24 hours. While Ukraine’s air force carried out 32 strikes on 25 Russian targets, Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff said.
“A five-story residential building was struck; the top two stories were totally demolished, while the remaining floors were reduced to rubble. Rescue personnel are at the scene, he said.
Mykolaiv, a shipbuilding centre and a port on the Southern Bug River off the Black Sea, has been heavily bombed by the Russians since the beginning of the war.
More than 2,000 residents were left without electricity when missiles hit more than 30 multi-story buildings, private homes, gas pipelines, and power lines in the city of Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region, according to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentyn Reznichenko’s Telegram post.
Russian missile attacks, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, are a sign of weakness. He believes “Russia is actually losing on the battlefield.”
Putin has threatened that he will use nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory, which he says includes the four regions he declared annexed last month.
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he doubted Putin would resort to nuclear weapons.