Ukraine has recently reported progress in the fight against the Russian invaders - also thanks to Western weapons technology. According to Moscow, they are successfully targeting them. Among other things, the destruction of HIMARS rocket launchers is reported again.
According to its own statements, the Russian army has once again destroyed Western military technology in Ukraine. Two launch sites for US HIMARS missiles were hit on a factory site in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. Not far from the Black Sea metropolis of Odessa, Russian troops had destroyed a device for Harpoon anti-ship missiles, also supplied by the United States.
The statements could not be independently verified. Experts point out that the HIMARS rocket launchers are difficult to locate and destroy. For weeks, Russia has repeatedly reported successful strikes against the modern systems.
The Ukrainian authorities reported on Sunday that two Russian missiles had been fired from the annexed Crimea peninsula at the Odessa region. According to her account, however, the projectiles hit a quarry.
Western military aid, with which Ukraine says it is launching counter-offensives that have been successful in some cases, is a thorn in Russia's side. Kyiv reported a few days ago that 50 Russian ammunition depots had already been destroyed with HIMARS missiles. The United States recently approved the delivery of four more missile launchers of this type to Ukraine - making it a total of 20. The systems can hit targets up to 80 kilometers away with the missiles supplied.
With the alleged destruction of these weapons, Moscow repeatedly justifies attacks on the neighboring country. More than a week ago, the Russian army shelled the port of Odessa - according to its own statements, to destroy Harpoon missiles. Internationally, the attack caused particular outrage because an agreement had only recently been reached on the export of previously blocked Ukrainian grain - including from the Odessa port. For the first time since the Russian war of aggression began more than five months ago, a ship loaded with grain left the port on Monday.