“All the damage to residential buildings in the Ukrainian capital is the direct result of the fall and self-destruction of anti-aircraft missiles fired by Ukrainian forces,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Ukrainian air defenses struck apartment buildings in Kyiv yesterday, Moscow said today, stressing that – during yesterday’s barrage of attacks in Ukraine – it had only targeted buildings of the Ukrainian military administration and energy infrastructure.
“The objective was achieved, all missiles accurately hit the identified targets, all points were destroyed,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, also saying it had not carried out any strikes in Kyiv yesterday, and that the damage seen in the Ukrainian capital was caused by the Ukrainian air defense.
“All the damage to residential buildings in the Ukrainian capital is the direct result of the fall and self-destruction of anti-aircraft missiles fired by Ukrainian forces,” the Russian ministry said in a statement.
Moscow has consistently denied that it has hit civilian targets in Ukraine, often blaming Ukrainian air defense systems or accusing Kyiv of staging disaster scenes.
Yesterday’s massive strikes followed another humiliating Russian retreat. Russia, under pressure from a Ukrainian counterattack, withdrew on November 11 from the northern part of Kherson province (south) which it says it has annexed.
The bombings knocked out electricity for about 10 million Ukrainians, according to Kyiv.
Russia has been accused of deliberately targeting political infrastructure in its neighbor as winter approaches in order to dent Ukrainians’ resolve to resist its military onslaught.
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