Ukraine: Russia reports attacks on oil refineries and town near Ukraine

MOSCOW/KYIV: Moscow said Ukrainian artillery struck a town inside Russia for the third time this week and reported drone strikes on two Russian oil refineries on Wednesday, while Ukrainian shelling in eastern Ukraine occupied by Russia killed five people.
There was no immediate comment from Ukraine on the Russian reports, in a week when the two countries have accused each other of terrorizing their capitals with airstrikes as Ukraine prepares a sustained push. by the West to end the invasion of Russia.
Thousands of civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Moscow forces invaded 15 months ago, but Tuesday was only the second time Moscow has come under direct fire, despite oil and military installations in Russia having been affected.
In the Russian city of Chebekinotwo of the four wounded were hospitalized and shells damaged a building, four houses and a school, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.
On Monday, Gladkov said two industrial facilities in the city were hit and on Saturday he came under artillery fire as he tried to enter the city, about 7 km (4.5 miles) north. north of the border with Ukraine.
The Kremlin expressed concern about the bombings.
Both sides say they are aiming to build up the other’s military forces and equipment ahead of Ukraine’s counter-offensive, which it says will arrive in days or weeks, in an attempt to drive out the Russian forces from its east and south.
Officials installed by Russia in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine – one of four that Moscow claims to have annexed – say Ukraine used US-made HIMARS rocket launchers to attack a farm in the village of Karpaty overnight, killing five and injuring 19.
The Ukrainian General Staff said its forces had repelled 22 Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine in the past day and that Ukrainian aircraft had carried out 11 strikes against Russian personnel and military equipment, without specifying Or.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it pushed back Ukrainian forces around two settlements in the Donetsk region, part of a 1,000 km front line that has barely moved despite months of grueling battles that cost the lives of tens of thousands of people.
He also said he destroyed Ukraine’s “last warship” in a missile strike on Odessa, without providing evidence.
Oleh Chalyk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy, declined to comment, saying he would not respond to any claims from Russia.
He said the navy would not release any information about casualties during the war.
Reuters was unable to verify the reports from either party.
Drones attacked two oil refineries 65-80 km east of Russia’s largest oil export terminals on Wednesday, according to Russian officials who did not assign blame.
A fire broke out at the Afipsky refinery but was later extinguished and a drone crashed into the Ilsky refinery without damaging it, they said, in the latest of several reported attacks this month -this.
Skies over Ukraine were relatively calm on Tuesday evening, with no major airstrikes reported after waves of attacks over the past 24 hours. Russian drone strikes killed one person and injured four in kyiv on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukrainian drones hit wealthy neighborhoods in Moscow on Tuesday and two people were injured while some buildings were briefly evacuated, according to the mayor of Moscow. The Kremlin said Moscow’s air defenses were working effectively but could be improved.
Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential aide, denied that kyiv was directly involved, but said “we are happy to watch the events” and predicted more such strikes.
The Russian envoy accused Washington of encouraging kyiv after the attack. The White House had said it was gathering information about the incident and reiterated that Washington did not support attacks inside Russia.
A senior Russian official has also denounced Britain after British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly reportedly said Ukraine had the right to project force beyond its borders.
Any British officials who facilitated the war in Ukraine could be considered legitimate military targets, said Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev.
Russia noted the “lack of condemnation” by the United States and Britain of the attack on Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Washington and London are the main arms suppliers to Ukraine on condition that it uses them to defend itself and retake Ukrainian territory occupied by Russian forces, which they say have launched an unprovoked war of conquest.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which it calls a “special military operation” to neutralize a threat from Kiev’s westward moves, has caused global economic turmoil and raised fears that further fighting could spark a nuclear catastrophe.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, set out five principles during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday to try to protect the Russian occupation. Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine has undertaken to respect them.


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