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Russia Fires at Least 75 Missiles Across Ukraine, Hitting Kyiv and Killing at Least 10 People

Russia Fires at Least 75 Missiles Across Ukraine, Hitting Kyiv and Killing at Least 10 People

After accusing Ukraine of attacking a bridge connecting Russia to Crimea, Putin vowed revenge.

Russian “President” Vladimir Putin promised revenge for Ukraine’s “terrorist” actions over the weekend, including the explosion of the bridge connecting Russia to Crimea.

Putin has no proof Ukraine attacked the bridge, but when has proof ever mattered to him?

Russia pummeled Ukraine with at least 75 missiles on Monday morning, hitting Kyiv and Lviv.

From The Kyiv Post:

The capital Kyiv was pounded by at least six missiles and the urban centers of Dnipro, Zaporizhziia, Kryvyi Rih, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnitskyi, Ternopil, Lviv and Zhytomyr also were hit.

At least three waves of cruise missiles detonated across the country between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., during morning rush hour. The attacks came two days after a spectacular Ukrainian strike against the logistically-critical Kerch Strait bridge, connecting Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula with the Russian mainland.

Valery Zaluzhny, commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), in a statement said that Russia fired at least 75 cruise missiles in the morning strikes, of which the AFU units shot down 41. As of 11 a.m., the attacks were continuing, he said.

Putin admitted to bombing Ukraine:

President Putin has said Moscow will respond harshly to the attack on the bridge in Crimea. In televised remarks he said:

“A massive strike with long-range high-precision weapons, from air, sea and land against energy infrastructure, communications and military targets was carried out this morning at the suggestion of the Defence Ministry and the General Staff.”

“Should the attempts to carry out terrorist attacks on our territory persist, Russia’s response will be tough and its scale will be proportionate to the level of threats posed against Russia.”

Putin accused the Ukrainian government of “nuclear terrorism”.

He referred to recurrent shelling of the nuclear power station in Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia and said a Russian nuclear power station in the region border Ukraine has also been targeted three times in recent months.

“The Kyiv regime has been using terrorist methods for a long time,” he said.

The first wave of missiles hit near Maidan Square, the location of the infamous Euromaidan protest in 2014:

In Kyiv, an initial wave of at least four missiles struck the center of the city. One blew up in the government quarter near Maidan Square, the scene of mass demonstrations in 2014 against a fraudulent election that – temporarily – made a pro-Kremlin candidate Ukraine’s president. Another missile hit the adjacent Pechersk district, blowing out windows of a high-rise office building used by President Volodymyr Zelensky’s staff and other top members of the national government executive branch.

One missile hit Kyiv’s upmarket Golden Gate district, next to the National Academy of Sciences building. The strike took place during morning rush hour. Images from the scene showed a burning automobile and a demolished statue of 20th century Ukrainian scientist Myhailo Hrushevsky.

Less than a block away from the intersection where one of the missiles launched at Kyiv landed, a Kyiv Post correspondent spoke to a sacristan at St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, who preferred not to give his name. “The blast wave broke the window above the entry, but as you see, we’ve already cleaned it up and the liturgy is being celebrated.”

Most of the buildings around the intersection are part of Taras Shevchenko National University.

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Russia should be labeled a terrorist state.

Let the commies and the nazis fight it out. This is a conflict where both sides are terrorists.

Now, I get it, we paired up with the commies last time to fight the nazis, and now we seem to be giving the nazis a chance against the commies, but I doubt we’d be nearly as interested if Ukraine wasn’t funneling money to the Big Man through his wayward son.

>>”Putin has no proof Ukraine attacked the bridge”

Since he has been pussyfooting (relatively speaking) around Ukraine until yesterday, you can be sure that he thinks he has plenty of proof today.

Anyway, NYT reports that a senior Ukrainian official confirms that Ukraine’s government was behind the bridge explosion.

    jorgen in reply to jorgen. | October 10, 2022 at 9:27 am

    To whoever voted me down: Was it because you disagree with my statement that Putin thinks he has plenty of proof? Or because you disagree that NYT wrote what I said? I am reporting facts!

    geronl in reply to jorgen. | October 10, 2022 at 9:28 am

    They have been destroying civilian population centers for months and months. This is not new.

There is nothing that wins hearts and minds like indiscriminate missile fire.

E Howard Hunt | October 10, 2022 at 8:44 am

Weapons used in a war? This is hardly Dresden.

Striking only civilian targets is a means of terror when your army is shown to be utterly incapable in the field.

War propaganda on both sides.

But Russia’s side is political suicide.

This is really simple. Russia invaded a UN recognized nation for the purpose of conquest. You can lipstick this pig, but it’s still a pig.

Belarus might join the war, hopefully this will get Poland and other countries to enter on the side of Ukraine.

Conservatives seem to be in a muddle over this.

I see three valid issues:

1. Whether the war will go badly and engulf the world.
2. Whether it’s in the interest of the United States to take sides
3. Whether Russia was justified

On number one, I see no way that this can be prevented, if Russia wants it that way

On number two, rational people can disagree.

On number three, I think people who side with Russia are either evil or badly informed.

    CommoChief in reply to Petrushka. | October 10, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Your first two points are spot on. The third though lacks the key modifier; ‘in their own eyes, from their point of view’. The Russian leadership feels justified due to what they see as a series deliberate provocations. Our opinion of those is immaterial to them. The Russians are acting in what they perceive as their own National security interests.

    What the leadership of the West failed to do is take account of that. They and others continue their miscalculation because they refuse to countenance that Russia may not look at the issues the same way. The Russians are far more Asian in their thought process than most understand.

    They have been invaded and defeated in the field from all directions so they are a bit twitchy about others encroaching their border areas. They want weak border States and seek hegemony in their own sphere. They have desired additional warm water ports since forever.

    That doesn’t mean the Russians are justified but it is always wise to understand the concerns of the counter party in any situation. Knowing that x action, as benign as we may believe it to be, will PO another Nation to the point of armed conflict would seem like a good thing to know before doing it. IMO, the leadership of the West collectively thought they could push Russia with impunity. They were wrong. The Ukrainians are paying now but the next six to nine months will bring the bill to Western Europe as lack of cheap energy craters their economy and potentially their public order.

      Jeff Cox in reply to CommoChief. | October 10, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      I would point out that Ukraine, which as a civilization is much older than Russia, has also been repeatedly invaded. Most often by Russia. Most of the countries Russia considers nonnegotiable parts of its sphere of interest (Ukraine, Poland, the Baltics, etc.) never wanted to be part of Russia or under its control. And still don’t. And we are under no obligation to accept then as part of Russia’s sphere of influence unless those counties themselves wish it.

      It might be helpful to point out that Napoleon’s invasion of Russia was prompted by the star’s withdrawal from the Continental System, a decision inspired by the negative economic consequences of that system as well as fears that Napoleon was trying to re-establish the nation of Poland, which the tsar was determined to crush. Even during this period, Russia was trying to eliminate Poland and Ukraine as nationalities. Some things never change.

      geronl in reply to CommoChief. | October 10, 2022 at 9:45 pm

      No actual conservative would support Putin.

      “The Russian leadership feels justified” to steal, loot, murder, and terrorize. It’s what they have always done. There “justification” is power and $$$, nothing more. Everything else is made up.

Fluffy Foo Foo | October 10, 2022 at 11:39 am

We obviously don’t care; we aren’t negotiating for peace.

    “We obviously don’t care…” Well, if we did, that would be Snuggly Wuggly, Fluffy Foo Foo.

    But if we’re not negotiating for peace, what are we negotiating for? — to see how many billions we can give Zelensky before we go broke.

    Biden’s last email to Zalensky: “How much do you want?”

    Zalenksy: “How much have you got?”

      Fluffy Foo Foo in reply to Peabody. | October 10, 2022 at 4:09 pm

      Yeah, we obviously don’t care about peace in Ukraine. Washington is happy to see Putin throwing cruise missiles at Kiev. Justifies Washington spending all those billions on Ukraine. The United States has wanted this war from day one. Cha ching!

        I agree.

        alaskabob in reply to Fluffy Foo Foo. | October 10, 2022 at 11:49 pm

        This is to be the Biden Administration’s crowning international achievement don’t you know… end Russia as a player in the world. Defeat the country that “helped” elect Trump and defeat those that question any actions by the Administration. The USA got grubby dirty hands in this from before the invasion… no one is clean. We may be on the threshold of a pyrrhic victory. A reminder… Biden has a bomb shelter and supplies… you don’t. On the cusp of an early negotiated settlement prior to this horrible conflict it is now… the US convinced Ukraine to toss the settlement…. which was to remain neutral and don’t join NATO… be like Finland. It’s horrible what is happening in Ukraine, and it will be horrible for most of us in the near future. Let’s revisit this when we are all cold and hungry.

I just read that AFT President Randi Weingarten has arrived in Ukraine, so everything should be cool soon enough.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/randi-weingarten-takes-flak-social-media-ukraine-trip-us-schools-struggle

It’s an internal Russian PR campaign, aligning a public desire with Putin action.

Putin now sees himself as a newly incarnated Duginist and expressed himself that way in the long speech he gave after he ‘won’ the vote to annex more Ukrainian territory. He doesn’t have that much backing outside the inner circle and hardliners he is surrounded with.
https://www.geopolitika.ru/en/article/putin-proclaims-russian-idea

    Free State Paul in reply to Whitewall. | October 10, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Putin is far more popular in Russia than Biden is in America. Most of the criticism he has been receiving is for not being tough enough on the Ukrainians.

Silver lining for me on this patty-cake proxy war: several faux-conservative, closet-neocon grifter sites have been outed by their warmongering stance (e.g., “Kill KGB Putin…agghhh!”). It’s funny to me that LI would be one of them, since it is ostensibly a site for deconstructing court cases. But it’s not surprising that an echo chamber of lawyers would so cavalierly reduce the justification of war to a mere function of “UN recognition.” My especially favorite comments are from some “America F___ Yeah” commenters bragging about what “we” did to establish the doctrine of a just war. “We” didn’t do anything, armchair heroes! Incidentally, “I” actually did go fight one of those “wars over borders” of which you so vicariously reminisce, and I can tell you, first-hand, that you don’t have a g_dd_mned clue what you’re talking about–not with regard to:
(1) your kneejerk call to other Americans (i.e. not yourselves) to risk their lives for foreign governments that deliberately fail to defend their sancrosanct “UN-recognized borders”… precisely because they know the US will do it FOR FREE.
And,
(2) the actual motivations of the US when it enters (or more often provokes insidiously or through abject devil-may-care policies) a war. Since 1900 and to this day, US foreign policy is quite the opposite: it is to create and maintain balkanization…because many tiny states are far weaker threats to the hegemony of US Corporate Elites than one or a few super-states. How convenient that the US has unilaterally controlled the establishment of nearly every international boundary that has been “UN-recognized” since 1945.
So with all due respect, ahem…

    DSHornet in reply to SteChatte. | October 10, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    To use a couple of obvious recent examples, how did the US promote the breakup of Yugoslavia or the USSR? It’s been argued that their dissolution would have happened eventually but internal stresses hastened the process.
    .

      alaskabob in reply to DSHornet. | October 10, 2022 at 11:58 pm

      It has been argued that Japan would have surrendered without the atomic bombs. Dictatorships can endure in a twilight… as with Venezuela. Internal and external forces broke the USSR. To say “it would have happened anyway” is a good way to avoid doing anything. Russia has to be given a “Golden Bridge” to exit as Sun Zhu put it. A cornered snarling rodent is still just a rodent…. a cornered snarling rodent with the ability to take down the entire house is not just a snarling rodent.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to SteChatte. | October 10, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I wish I could give you more than one up-tick.

    geronl in reply to SteChatte. | October 10, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    The silver lining is that we know which “conservatives” really are fascist by their support of Putin.

There may be more ‘internal stresses’ going on in Moscow than we know.

‘Putin has no proof Ukraine attacked the bridge.’

Give me a break.

After most media in EU and Nato countries talking about how Ukraine dealt Russia a big blow.

After politicians in EU and Nato countries praising Ukraine.

After a Ukrainian minister posting a tweet of the Kerch Bridge on fire with Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday”.

After the Ukraine post office issuing a commemorative stamp depicting the bridge with explosions.

It is a little late for plausible deniability.

BierceAmbrose | October 10, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Seems like a threat: “The next ones may be nuclear.” Not sure how spending 75 cruise missiles supports that when they can’t get chips to build replacements.

What’s their stockpiles? Anybody have numbers anybody really believes?

    It’s a good question. I suspect the answer lies in noticing they were holding these back until now. Why? I’d guess they don’t have many and are afraid to waste them in case the war gets wider.

    Just a guess as reliable numbers out of russia are difficult to get.

    Otto Kringelein in reply to BierceAmbrose. | October 11, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    More than sure that China would be more than happy to supply Russia with any chips or other material that they need to continue to wage their war against the West. After all if the U.S. can have Ukraine fight a proxy war against Russia it isn’t hard to imagine that the CCP would support Russia to fight a proxy war against the West Ukraine.

The Ukrainians should be sabotaging as many of Russia’s strategic aircraft as possible, because they carry the long range air to ground missiles.

Pathetic act of desperation from an impotent regime that is losing the war it started and doesn’t know how to extricate itself with meeting the same fate as Mussolini.

Anyone who can’t see Russia is winning doesn’t understand the concept of “war.
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thanks for the laugh