Footage reportedly shows Russia launching two high-precision missiles at military infrastructure in Ukraine from the Black Sea coast.
It is currently unclear what the exact targets were, but the footage was obtained Tuesday evening from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), along with a short statement saying that the images show “the launch of two Oniks high-precision missiles at military infrastructure facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
They added that the operation was “performed by the Bastion coastal missile system from the Black Sea coast.”
Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Newsweek earlier this week reported that six Russian ships carrying cruise missiles were positioned in the Black Sea and were “most likely preparing for a massive launch of missiles on the territory of Ukraine, according to Ukraine 24.
Russia conducted an anti-ship missile exercise this week in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the latter country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
Russian Foreign Ministry press secretary Maria Zakharova said that Moscow’s response to Lithuania banning the transit of goods, sanctioned by the EU, to Kaliningrad will not only be diplomatic but also practical.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation.” Wednesday marks the 119th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 21, Russia had lost about 34,100 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,606 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple launch rocket systems, 98 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters, 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 59 units of special equipment.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said it has launched airstrikes on Zmiinyi Island, which is also known as Snake Island, causing “significant losses” to Russia’s forces there in an operation it says is ongoing.
Ukrainian forces have said they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian attempts to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, but Russian forces have captured several settlements near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, with 568 civilians believed to still be sheltering in Severodonetsk’s Azot chemical plant.
Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister and minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has urged locals in the Kherson region to evacuate, to help Ukrainian forces “de-occupy” the area.
British intelligence has claimed that the pro-Russian, so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) may have lost about 55 percent of its original forces.
Zelensky said that a “historic week” has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate status, with the EU expected to approve the application by the end of the week.
This comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on June 8, recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.
Zelensky, speaking to the African Union on Monday also accused Russia of holding Africa “hostage” over grain and fertilizer shortages.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.