A HIMARS rocket launcher in action.
A Russian Tu-22M3 bomber carries three Ch-22 missiles.
nians were attacking the civilian targets and
hit the nitres storage used to make the artificial fertilizer – despite the fact the videos
clearly show the projectiles flying out of the
hit and burning storage and the secondary explosions still occured on the next day.
The nitres shortages from this, and another
storages resulted in the ten-fold drop in the
Russian artillery activities.
The Russians fail to trace and hit the highly
mobile Ukrainian rocket launchers. In revenge they shell the Ukrainian cities from
the long distances. These Russian attacks
however are very inaccurate and typically
result in the civilian casualties. On Saturday June 25 the Russian aircraft conducted
an large attack from the north out of the
Belorussian airspace. Alltogether they fired
60 rockets at Kiev, Sum and Chernihov areas.
The significant componet of the attack were
six Tu-22M3 bombers which took off from
the Shaikowka base in the Russian region of
Kaluga. They crossed the Kaluzh and Smolensk areas into Belarus where they launched Kh-22 rockets. We mentioned these out
of date missiles in the previous article. They
were designed in 1960s and are extremely inaccurate. Their deployment confirms
the more modern weapons shortage in the
It was the first Tu-22M3 bombers‘ deployment from Belarus againts Ukraine. This
Russian attack intended to deluge and at the
same time bypass the Ukrainina AA defense
which is primarily pointed towards east and
south. Having launched Kh-22 rockets the
bombers returned back to their base at Shaikowka. Only about a month ago these bombers were dropping heavy aviation bombs on
Azovstal steelworks where the last Mariupol
defenders made their last stand. On Monday
June 26, two days after this attack, the Kh-22
rockets hit the city of Kremenchuk in the central Ukraine. The target were probably two
railway stations though which, according to
the Russians assumptions, weapons‘ deliveries were being transferred to the frontlines.
Kh-22 rockets missed however. One of them
hit the emty factory hall and the other one
hit the shopping center where at least 20
civilians died and more than 50 were wounded. The Russian propaganda consequently
started to release the series of contradictory
information about what happened. First they
claimed that the shopping center had been
closed and empty for a long time. Then they
claimed it had not been hit but the fire from
the weapons storage in the neighboring factory expanded to it. Security videos however
clearly captured the rocket hit the shopping
center and also that no ammunition fire in
the neighboring hall occured.
The greatest emotions were raised however
by the Russian attack on the city of Vinnycya
in the western Ukraine. On Thursday July 14
the Russian submarine in the Black Sea fired
the Kalibr cruise missiles on it. At least one
An office building and a parking lot in the center of Vinnytsia are destroyed. MiG-21 is a monument of the Ukrainian Air Force.