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Russia shot down for the first time a transport aircraft that, according to it, was carrying weapons from NATO countries. The shooting took place over Odessa.
The type of aircraft has not yet been announced. Kyiv has not commented on or confirmed the Russian announcement.
In any case, this means a change of attitude of Moscow, which will now throw in whatever it sees.
The announcement of the Russian YPAM
“Russian air defense systems in the Odessa region shot down a military transport aircraft carrying a large consignment of weapons and military equipment supplied to Ukraine by Western countries,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the outskirts and the city of Mariupol had been cleared. Only Azovstal remains and the information about the Ukrainians is not good.
There are videos with dozens of dead. The Russians dropped dozens of bombs from strategic bombers. For obvious reasons we will not transfer the images
Russia: Mariupol cleared
“The entire urban area of Mariupol has been cleared,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Specifically, the representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated:
“The entire urban area of Mariupol has been completely cleared of Azov forces, foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian troops.
Their remains are currently completely excluded from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant. “Their only chance to save their lives is to voluntarily lay down their arms and surrender, ” Konashenkov said…
They also dropped FAB 3,000
Today, Russian media report that the Tu-22M3 strategic bombers dropped FAB-500 bombs and several FAB-3,000 heavy bombs.
They specifically mention:
The Russian planes destroyed several underground communication corridors and large galleries, with the help of which “Azov” groups moved from one place (its perimeter is more than 15 km) to another.
So far, there is no information on how many fighters may be under these wreckage after airstrikes.
At the same time, reliable information was received that there are no citizens on the territory of the factory. “This makes it possible to conduct operations against Azov fighters and their affiliates using a wide range of weapons.”
The Russian Air Force used up to 50 large-caliber bombs against Ukrainian armed groups in Azovstal.
These are dozens of FAB-500 and several heavy-duty units FAB-3000 ″.
This is the first time that Russian media has confirmed the use of Soviet-made FAB 3,000 bombs with an explosive warhead of 1,400 kilograms…
The FAB-3000-M46 are designed to bomb industrial facilities, underground facilities, dams. The last time this bomb was used was in Afghanistan.
The Primorsky area was also cleared
Earlier it was reported that Chechen forces also cleared the Primorsky area in Mariupol. This area was another enclave of Azov forces. According to video, there are dozens of dead…
Yesterday, a video from the Ilyich factory was released. And this Azov stronghold was completely cleared.
Many Humvees sent by the United States for the Ukrainian Army were found in the factory.
Russian military sources say that ” the only significant focus of military activity in Mariupol is Operation Azovstal. Several more soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have surrendered today (at least for the time being pretending to be members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, refusing to join other formations).
A fighter from the “Somalia” battalion of the Donetsk People’s Militia shouted “Mariupol is ours” and removed the Ukrainian flag from a high-rise building, the roof of which overlooks the Sea of Azov.
Instead of the Ukrainian flag, the flag of his battalion and the coat of arms of the unit in the red-blue-black tricolor of Donetsk were raised… (excerpts)
(Watch videos at source)