British Army: Russia uses anti-ship missiles on land targets
Russian bombers likely launched heavy anti-ship missiles dating from the 1960s intended to destroy nuclear-armed aircraft carriers against land targets in Ukraine, a British military intelligence report said on Saturday.
He said the 5.5-ton Kh-22 missiles, when used in ground attacks with conventional warheads, are highly inaccurate and can cause severe collateral damage and casualties.
Russia probably uses such weapons because it lacks more accurate modern missiles, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a daily update. He gave no details on exactly where these missiles were deployed and there was no immediate confirmation from Ukrainian authorities of the use of the heavy missiles.
Both sides spent vast amounts of arms in what became a bitter war of attrition for the eastern region of coal mines and factories known as Donbas, straining their resources and stockpiles.
The area borders Russia and has been partly controlled by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.
The UK MoD report says Ukraine’s air defenses are still deterring Russian tactical aircraft from carrying out strikes across much of the country.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said Russian forces were regrouping to launch an offensive on the city of Sloviansk in Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.
In its regular operational update, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that Moscow managed to gain a foothold overnight in the village of Bohorodychne, 24 kilometers (about 15 miles) northwest of Sloviansk, and was preparing to attack the city.
The update says the threat of missiles and airstrikes on Ukraine from Belarusian territory remains, noting that Minsk has extended military exercises along the Ukraine-Belarus border until June 18.
Elsewhere, Donetsk regional police said Russian missiles hit 13 towns and villages in the region overnight. In a statement, police said civilians were killed and injured, without specifying the number.
Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Associated Press writers Jill Lawless in London and Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed.
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