The Directorate for Strategic Communications of the Ukrainian military confirmed Ukraine hit two ammunition depots in Ilovaisk (Donetsk Oblast) and Brylivka belonging to Russia within the early hours of Friday morning. An enormous blaze was reported in Ilovaisk – a significant regional railway hub – at round 2am native time, with explosions audible for a while afterwards. Footage shared on social media present large flames erupting and thick, darkish plumes of smoke filling the Ukrainian night time sky.
Twitter person “Chuck Pfarrer” (@ChuckPfarrer), whose profile describes him as a “former SEAL Crew Six Squadron Chief”, retweeted a video of the blaze on the Russian ammunition depot.
He wrote alongside this: “NO WHERE TO HIDE – Ukrainian precision strike artillery has focused a RU ammo depot in Ilovaisk, 40km behind the Ahead Fringe of the Battle Space in Donetsk Oblast.
“UKR Partisans seemingly designated this goal, and HIMARS took it out. Word the secondary explosions.”
Ukrainian journalist Denis Kazansky mentioned the ensuing explosions have been so highly effective “that home windows have been shattered in close by buildings”.
He added: “Eyewitnesses report that scattered shell bits have been mendacity on the streets. The hearth continues. The route from the town is closed.”
Ilovaisk metropolis within the Khartsyzk municipality, Donetsk Oblast the place Russians are primarily based.
It was additionally the location of a battle within the battle of 2014.
Earlier than hitting the Ilovaisk facility, the Ukrainian Armed Forces struck one other Russian ammunition depot in Brylivka – dwelling to a different key railway hub underneath Russian occupation.
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Brylivka is positioned round 50 kilometres to the south-east of the town of Kherson and 30 kilometres north of the Black Beach.
The newest strikes include the UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace claiming Russian forces are “successfully crippled” as Putin insists on a “meat grinder” warfare technique.
He informed BBC’s Right this moment programme: “Putin hasn’t modified from his want to occupy the entire of Ukraine, take Kyiv and Odesa, however his military has been successfully crippled by enormous quantities of losses. Over 25,000 lifeless. Perhaps twice as many injured.
“Once I speak about meat grinder, which is what they’re doing, is that they’re resorting to a kind of Soviet tactic… shifting very slowly – metres, not miles, a day, in some components.
“And on the highest of the meat grinder, they’re recruiting from the poorest districts in Russia, and the ethnic minorities, and they’re utilizing mercenaries, shoving these folks in with little or no regard to the result, grinding ahead.”
The Defence Secretary added longer-range Western weapons are “now having a fabric impact”, and that the Russians “are working their military at roughly about 40 to 50 p.c fight efficient”.