Russia is relying on Cold War-era missiles that pose ‘serious’ risks to civilians as Putin’s forces are short of modern weaponry, Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has claimed. ).
The government’s daily intelligence update on Saturday also provided new details of “intense street fighting” in eastern Ukraine as Russian soldiers were pushed back.
The obsolete Kh-22 missiles from the 1960s are very dangerous because they “are highly inaccurate and can therefore cause serious collateral damage and casualties,” the ministry wrote.
Russia likely uses heavy anti-ship missiles because it lacks more accurate modern missiles, he said.
A battle-scarred grain processing facility in the port of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine pictured today
Road to hell: gutted cars sit along a crumbling street near Severodonetsk, Luhansk region
He gave no details on the exact location where these missiles were deployed. They have a range of about 1,000 km (600 miles).
The MoD added: ‘[They] were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead.
“When employed in a ground attack role with a conventional warhead, they are highly inaccurate and therefore can cause significant collateral damage and civilian casualties.”
Ukraine decommissioned 423 Cold War-era missiles before 2006 after signing a disarmament treaty.
The ministry concluded: “Russia probably resorts to such ineffective weapon systems because it lacks more accurate modern missiles, while Ukraine’s air defenses still deter its tactical aircraft from carrying out strikes across much of the country. country.”
Jordan Gatley (left and right), who left the British Army in March, is believed to have been killed in the eastern city of Severodonetsk, where some of the fiercest fighting in the war is taking place so far. Dean Gatley (pictured right with Jordan), from Cheshire, said the former soldier had traveled to Ukraine
Russian artillery rains down on Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine as fighting intensifies
5.5-ton anti-ship missiles, when used on civilians, could cause ‘severe’ casualties: MoD
There was no confirmation from the Ukrainian authorities on the use of the 5.5 ton missiles.
Heavy fighting continues in the eastern towns of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, with flamethrowers allegedly used to target homes and wheat fields.
Luhansk region governor Serhiy Haidai wrote on Telegram last night that “many houses burned down” following the Russian rampages in the nearby town of Vrubivka.
Russian forces are also expected to launch a new offensive in Sloviansk, Donetsk.
Putin’s army has pivoted to eastern Ukraine since its failed offensive on the major cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv.
Heaps of grain on fire and destroyed infrastructure as seen in Sivers’k, Donbass last month
Photos taken in Crimea last month show Russian-flagged aircraft carriers docking and loading alongside huge silos, raising concerns over massive thefts of Ukrainian grain
Russia hopes to consolidate the territories it already controls and maintain its stranglehold on Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken estimated that there were 20 million tonnes of grain in locked silos outside the Odessa mall.
There is more waiting on stranded ships that cannot leave the Black Sea port.
Mr Blinken said on Friday: ‘President Putin is preventing the shipment of food and is aggressively using his propaganda machine to deflect or distort accountability because he hopes this will get the world to give in to him and end the sanctions. .
“In other words, quite simply, it’s blackmail.
“The Kremlin must realize that it is exporting starvation and suffering far beyond Ukrainian neighborhoods, with countries in Africa bearing an inordinate share of the pain.”
Jordan Gatley becomes the second British fighter to be killed in Ukraine after 36-year-old volunteer soldier Scott Sibley (pictured) was killed fighting Russian troops in April
A man looks at charity supplies at a church in Kharkiv during Holy Trinity Mass today
EU President Ursula von der Leyen met President Zelensky in Kyiv yesterday.
She was pictured arriving at the capital’s train station wearing a bulletproof vest, later appearing at a press conference with Mr Zelensky.
Ms Von der Leyen said her talks with Zelensky today “will allow us to finalize our assessment by the end of next week” on whether to recommend Ukraine as a candidate for membership.
Mr Zelensky has pushed for rapid admission to the European Union to reduce Ukraine’s geopolitical vulnerability, brutally exposed by the February 24 Russian invasion.
But a decision in favor of Ukraine’s admission would only be a preliminary step in a long process.
The 27 EU governments would have to agree to grant candidate status to Ukraine, after which there would be in-depth discussions on the reforms needed before Kyiv could be considered for membership.
A woman walks past piles of debris in Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine, preparing for battle
Ukraine is expected to provide a list of weapons and defensive equipment it needs at a meeting with NATO in Brussels on June 15, following US President Joe Biden’s promise of advanced rocket systems and extra ammunition last week.
Germany also said it would offer its most advanced air defense systems to help protect Ukrainian skies.
On Friday, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace traveled personally to Kyiv to talk to Ukrainian officials about their requests for additional weaponry.
A report released Friday by the Institute for War Studies said the use of artillery and long-range weapons could pave the way to victory in eastern Ukraine.
“As Ukrainian forces use up the last of their stockpiles of Soviet-era weapon and ammunition systems, they will need continued Western support to transition to new supply chains of ammunition and ammunition systems. ‘key artillery,’ the report said.
“Effective artillery will be increasingly decisive in the largely static fighting in eastern Ukraine.”
President Zelensky (right) spoke alongside EU leader Ursula von der Leyen (left) yesterday
In the south, a man died in Odessa after coming into contact with an explosive object while swimming on a beach with his wife and son, the Ukrainian regional command said. Visiting the beaches is currently prohibited there due to the risk of mines.
For the residents of the nearby town of Mykolaiv, every day comes close to death.
Igor Karputov, 31, recalled how his neighborhood was hit last week, shaking his flat, and how he helped a bleeding man get to an ambulance.
“Then I went to another place that had been hit, where the emergency services were already taking care of someone,” he told AFP.
“But they were dead. And the one I helped died in an ambulance.
Mykolaiv Regional Governor Vitaliy Kim stressed the urgent need for international military assistance.
“The Russian army is more powerful, it has a lot of artillery and ammunition…and we have no more ammunition,” he said on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Southern Command said the Ukrainian Air Force had destroyed ammunition depots and equipment in three airstrikes in the past 24 hours, without naming their locations.