Several long-range missiles hit a block of flats in the Ukrainian city of Uman on Friday morning this week.
Despite the fact that Ukraine shot down most of the missiles, at least 25 civilians are said to have lost their lives in the attack.
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Largest attack on civilians since January
Following CNN The attack came at around 04:00 local time, when long-range cruise missiles were launched from Russian aircraft in the area of the Caspian Sea.
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21 of the 23 missiles are said to have been taken out by the Ukrainian air force, writes the British news agency.
The attacks should also indicate that Russia is now moving away from long-range attacks, according to the British Foreign Office.
– There is a realistic possibility that Russia tried to cut off Ukrainian reserve units and military supplies that were recently given to Ukraine.
The Uman attack is believed to have caused the highest number of civilian deaths from a single incident since a missile hit a block of flats in Dnipro in January.
– Gearing up for war against the West
Professor of military strategy and operations, Tormod Heier, believes that Russia now finds itself obliged to maintain a stockpile of long-range missiles as an armament for a war against the West.
– It seems that the Russians now have a need to maintain their capacity, as they have built up an internal image of a coming war against the West, Heier tells Nettavisen.
Another theory is that the Russians are expecting a spring offensive, and that for that reason they will only use short-range missiles in order to be able to take out critical targets using long-range missiles later.
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Heier also believes that the announced spring offensive has already been going on for several weeks.
– I believe that part of this activity is linked to a Ukrainian prank measure, as part of Ukrainian reconnaissance with the intention of finding out where the Russians are strongest and weakest, says the professor.
Russia blames Ukraine after huge fire
There was a severe fire in an oil tank in the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea on Saturday morning. Russia claims Ukrainian drone attacks are the cause, writes NTB.
Pictures showed a huge cloud of fire and smoke rising. According to the Russian-appointed mayor of the city, Mikhail Razvozjajev, the fire spread around a thousand square meters.
– Preliminary information suggests that the fire was caused by a Ukrainian drone attack. No injuries or deaths have been reported, he writes on Telegram.
Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula is the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and has been subject to repeated airstrikes since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year. The peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.