Russia Launches Barrage of Missile Strikes Across Ukraine

Moscow says the strikes were retaliation for an attack in Bryansk

Russia launched a series of missile strikes across Ukraine on Thursday in one of the heaviest Russian bombardments in weeks.

The strikes targeted energy infrastructure, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said power facilities were hit in eight regions of Ukraine. “Generation and distribution facilities in eight regions have been damaged,” he said on Telegram.

Ukrainian authorities said the strikes also hit residential buildings, and six people were reported killed. Moscow said the strikes also targeted Ukrainian military facilities.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the strikes were launched in retaliation over an attack in Russia’s Bryansk Oblast, which borders Ukraine. The Defense Ministry said hypersonic missiles were used in the bombardment.

“In response to the terror attacks carried out by the Kiev regime in the Bryansk Region on March 2, the Russian Armed Forces delivered a massive retaliatory strike. Long-range air, sea, and ground-based high-precision weapons, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, hit key Ukrainian military infrastructure sites, enterprises of the military-industrial complex and related energy facilities,” Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Military situation in Ukraine on March 9, 2023 (

Moscow accused Ukrainian saboteurs of killing two civilians in the attack in Bryansk, which Kyiv has denied. A group known as the Russian Volunteer Corps that’s fighting for Ukraine took responsibility for the raid. The group’s leader, Denis Nikitin, said he was unaware of casualties and claimed the attack was carried out with the support of the Ukrainian government. According to the Financial Times, Nikitin is considered an extremist and has “ties to neo-Nazis and white nationalists across the western world.”

The Russian Volunteer Corps is part of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces and was formed in 2022. It’s made up of Russians who have been fighting for Ukraine since 2014, including former members of the neo-Nazi Azov Regiment. According to UnHerd, elements of the group are “overtly sympathetic to neo-Nazi ideology and praise Hitler on Telegram.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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