Ukrainian military claims Russian rocket completely destroyed Odessa airport runway

As the Russian-Ukrainian war entered its 67th day, Ukraine’s military claimed on Saturday that a Russian rocket attack had completely destroyed an airport runway in Odessa, Ukraine’s third-largest city and a crucial black seaport. The Southern Ukraine Operational Command said in a Telegram article that the Odessa runway could not be used due to the rocket attack, the associated post reported. In addition, local officials have warned nearby residents to take shelter after “multiple” explosions were reported in Odessa, according to the Ukrainian News Agency. UNIEN, citing military sources.

This incident was also confirmed by regional governor Maxim Marchenko, who said in a Telegram article that a Russian missile destroyed the runway at Odessa airport in southern Ukraine, but no one had been killed. In a video message, the governor said: “Today the enemy struck with a Bastion coastal defense missile launched from Crimea. The runway at Odessa airport was destroyed. ‘there were no casualties’. World TRT reported.

It is pertinent to mention that Russian forces have launched a massive military operation in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, the industrial heartland of the war-torn nation, as well as on the Black Sea coasts. and the Sea of ​​Azov.

Also, earlier in the month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of launching an attack on the southern port city of Odessa during his national address. Media reports said five people had lost their lives in a series of strikes on the eve of Easter, including a three-month-old baby. The strikes also injured eighteen other people.

According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, the attacks on Odessa were simply aimed at creating “fear”. On Saturday April 23, four Russian missiles hit a military installation and a residential building in Ukraine’s cultural capital. Two TU-95 missiles launched from the Caspian Sea were intercepted by Ukrainian air defense.

Ukrainian army destroyed more than 1,000 Russian tanks, says Zelensky

On top of that, beleaguered President Zelenskyy recently said that the Ukrainian military has so far destroyed over 1,000 Russian tanks, over 200 Russian aircraft and almost 2,500 armored fighting vehicles. According to a CNN report, despite these setbacks, Russian soldiers still have the capacity to undertake more strikes, Zelenskyy claimed.

Zelenskyy said: “Of course the occupants still have some material in stock. Yes, they still have missiles to hit our territory. But this war has already weakened Russia so much that they have to plan even less military equipment for the parade in Moscow. “, reported CNN. It should be noted that on May 9, Russia planned to carry out its annual Victory Day parade in Red Square, marking the German surrender to the Soviet Union during World War II.

Since the assault began on February 24, Russia has lost nearly 23,000 soldiers, according to the Ukrainian president. In his nightly address to the country on Saturday, April 30, Ukraine’s president highlighted the nation’s resilience, saying the country is working to rebuild and restore normalcy to areas no longer occupied by Russian forces.

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