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“Zelenskyy Claims Ukrainian Military Assaulted Russian Airfield in Occupied Crimea”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Wednesday that the country’s military had launched an assault on a significant Russian airfield located in Dzhankoi, within the territory of Russian-occupied Crimea. In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to the military personnel involved in the operation and commended their precision and effectiveness. He specifically thanked Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi for orchestrating the strike, which targeted Russian equipment and combat infrastructure, characterizing it as “extremely significant.”

Dzhankoi, situated in the northern region of the Crimean peninsula, was seized during Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Prior to Zelenskyy’s announcement, unofficial reports from both Ukrainian and Russian sources had already hinted at a series of explosions occurring at the base.

Concurrently, on the same day, three Russian missiles struck the city center of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, resulting in tragic consequences. The attack claimed the lives of at least 17 individuals, with dozens more sustaining injuries and substantial damage inflicted upon civilian structures. Zelenskyy urgently appealed to Kyiv’s allies for immediate air defense support, underscoring the necessity of countering Russian aggression to prevent further civilian casualties.

The devastating impact of the strike on Chernihiv was evident through harrowing footage captured by Reuters, depicting flames and thick plumes of smoke engulfing the city. The explosions, occurring around 9 a.m. local time, devastated a bustling central area, including a hotel and numerous residential buildings, as well as causing extensive damage to a hospital and educational facility. Acting mayor Oleksandr Lomako condemned the attack as yet another instance of Russian terrorism targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The assault on Chernihiv exacerbated the dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine, where civilians have borne the brunt of Russia’s relentless onslaught since the invasion in February 2022. Zelenskyy’s plea for enhanced air defense capabilities was echoed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, emphasizing the urgent need to safeguard Ukrainian lives and bolster regional security.

However, Ukraine continues to face critical shortages of essential ammunition, including air defense systems and missiles, compounded by delays in vital support from international allies. As Russia escalates its attacks and targets vital infrastructure, such as the power sector, Ukraine grapples with mounting challenges while striving to defend its sovereignty and protect its citizens from further harm.

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