25 killed in Russia's "devastating strikes" on Ukraine, according to Kyiv, with over 90% of the missiles shot down
Earlier, the Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers were reportedly used by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) to launch a devastating missile attack against Ukrainian cities. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) assert that they have stopped nearly all of these strikes.
On April 28, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced the information on Twitter. The terrorist state attacked Ukraine last night using missiles fired from strategic bombers Tu-95, it claimed in a tweet. 21 out of 23 missiles and two drones were shot down by Ukrainian air defences. At least five innocent bystanders perished.
Russia reportedly targeted cities in a wide arc spanning the entire country of Ukraine, beginning with the capital city of Kyiv and moving through the central and southern areas. Two persons were killed in these strikes, according to the mayor of the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, who posted the news on Telegram.
Although the Russian Ministry of Defense (RuMoD) has not confirmed Ukraine's claims that it shot down 21 of the 23 missiles that the Tu-95 bombers are said to have fired, some unofficial sources in Moscow have noted how many missiles were struck.
The local media source cited the war reporters on the Russian Spring Military Correspondents Telegram group as saying that the Russian Aerospace Forces used Tu-22 and Tu-95 long-range bombers to launch significant strikes against targets in western Ukraine.
The report also mentioned that X-101 and X-555 missiles fired from Kursk and Voronezh were used in the Russian Aerospace Forces' attack.
Throughout the ongoing conflict, these bombers with nuclear weapons capability have been used on several occasions. For instance, Russia launched a large missile attack against Ukraine in February, just before the anniversary of the invasion, with the Tu-95 bomber firing the majority of the cruise missiles.
Russian fighter jets stay away from the overmatched Ukrainian air force because they risk being shot down by Ukrainian air defences because Moscow is unable to gain air superiority.
The VKS typically sends the Su-34 Fullback or the Su-35S flankers to fire missiles like the Kh-59 and various other short-range long-range missiles from the airspace under its troops' control.
However, long-range bombers typically conduct air-launched missile attacks deep inside Ukrainian territory.
The Tu-22M3 Backfire-C, Tu-95MS Bear-H, and Tu-160 Blackjack bombers have historically been used by Russia to attack vital infrastructure in western and central Ukraine, such as airfields, railway facilities, and facilities for the manufacture and repair of military hardware.
At a time when rumours of a Ukrainian counteroffensive are rampant, the Russian soldiers are pelting Ukraine with missiles.
In addition, a recent article in The New York Times claims that although Ukrainian forces are fending off ongoing Russian strikes, they are aware of the threat posed by Russia's enormous munitions stores and its well-trained soldiers.
While Ukraine awaits weapons, success is not assured.
According to the NYT story, Russian forces resumed their offensive on positions near Vuhledar in eastern Ukraine's Donbas after a brief pause, which has resulted in spectacular tank encounters. Due to Ukrainian resistance, Russian attempts to take control the city have repeatedly failed.
Much discussion is focused on the anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive, which could begin at any time and is aided by an influx of cutting-edge weapons from the United States and its allies. According to the report, Ukrainian military are aware that the new equipment is necessary but cannot ensure success.
I don't know where the Russians are getting so much artillery, a 43-year-old private named Pavlo who controls a heavy machine gun on top of an American-made MaxxPro armoured combat vehicle in this region told the outlet. Additionally, there are jets, helicopters, and tanks. The shooting is so intense that the guys can't enter or exit their positions.
The Kremlin now benefits from a number of things.
For instance, the Kremlin's forces still hold a significant numerical advantage in heavy weapons, including aircraft and armoured vehicles, and the Ukrainians are still learning how to use some of their new equipment. The Russians have also built defensive positions in anticipation of a counteroffensive.
Additionally, neither Russian ex-prisoners nor recently mobilised Russian troops are fighting alongside Ukrainian soldiers. Instead, they are engaged in battle with some of Russia's best-trained troops, including Far Eastern naval infantry groups.
Dolphin, a Ukrainian company commander, observed, "The fighters are pumped up to move forward even when there are disadvantages. "Our weapons is making us lose both in terms of numbers and possibly in a lot of other areas. I won't claim that everything is excellent or going well.
The leaders of Ukraine are hoping that the advent of Western weapons, particularly tanks and armoured combat vehicles, will help keep the scales in balance.