Russia’s Defense Ministry says it has launched a missile strike targeting the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. They warned that such attacks would intensify in retaliation for terrorist attacks or sabotage in Ukraine. The statement came after Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sank in Moscow.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Russia says its sea-based cruise missile struck a factory in Kiev overnight. The factory had been producing air defense systems and anti-ship missiles.
Moscow sank yesterday Thursday. The warship was severely damaged in an explosion on Wednesday the previous day. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the damaged warship was being towed to port. At this time the warship sank in the stormy weather of the sea. Kiev claims they launched a missile attack on a Russian warship.
The Pentagon has said that the sinking of the Moscow Sea was a major blow to Russia’s naval power in the Black Sea.
In the war against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian forces will face major challenges. That’s what David Petraeus, the former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), thinks. Russian troops are gathering in eastern Ukraine to launch a new offensive. In this context, such remarks came from the former head of the CIA.
Western intelligence has been saying for several days that Russian forces are now focusing on eastern Ukraine. They are mobilizing a large army to carry out a major offensive in the eastern part of Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has praised the country’s armed forces, including the people of Ukraine, for continuing to fight valiantly against Russian forces for 50 days. “But they (Russian forces) did not know how brave the Ukrainians were, how much we valued independence,” he said in a speech on Thursday night.
April 15 marks the 51st day of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Readers have many questions about the ongoing Ukraine crisis. The report tries to find answers to those questions with the help of BBC.
When did the crisis begin?
Considering the recent history, the current crisis started in 2014. But to get to the root of the crisis we have to look back to the Soviet era. Ukraine was then part of the Soviet Union.
Two political currents prevail in Ukraine. A trend wants to be closer to Western Europe. They are interested in joining the European Union (EU) as well as being a member of the Western military alliance NATO. The other section is pro-Russian. They want to stay in Russia.
A large part of Ukraine’s population is Russian-speaking. They are also ethnically Russian. They have close cultural and social ties with Russia.
Pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014 in the face of protests. He fled the country.
Yanukovych wanted a major trade deal with the EU. Then Putin increased the pressure. Under pressure, Yanukovych withdrew from trade talks with the EU. As a result, mass protests against him began in Ukraine.
Those who came to power in Ukraine after Yanukovych are known as pro-EU. Putin was outraged by their actions.
After the fall of Yanukovych, Russia occupied the Crimea region of eastern Ukraine.