Ukrainian officials confirmed that “a powerful explosion occurred in the center of the capital, Kyiv, near the building of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry,” according to “Russia Today”. For its part, the office of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that “the explosion was the result of a missile attack.”
The officials said, “It is not yet clear the extent of the damage caused by the explosion, whether it caused injuries or casualties, or the exact location of the missile landing.”
Russian military operations on Ukrainian territory entered their first week, with the announcement of the complete control of the Ukrainian city of Kherson by the Russian forces, which began their advance in the Ukrainian east February 24, declaring that their operations come to protect civilians in the Donbass region, which includes the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which Moscow recognized this month the past with their independence.
And on Wednesday morning, the spokesman of the Russian Armed Forces, Major General Igor Konashenkov, announced that the Russian units of the armed forces had completely taken control of the territorial center of the Ukrainian city of Kherson..
Konashenkov said in the ministry’s statement: “Russian units of the Armed Forces have taken full control of the territorial center of Kherson… During the military operation our forces hit 1,502 military targets, 51 command posts were disabled, 38 anti-aircraft defense systems S-300, Buk M-11 and Osa, 51 radar stations, 47 aircraft on the ground and 11 aircraft in the air, 472 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 62 multiple rocket launchers, 206 field artillery and mortars, 336 units of special military vehicles, and 46 unmanned aerial vehicles were disabled.“.
The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian armed forces imposed their control over the towns of Tokmak and Vasilievka, after the soldiers surrendered voluntarily and laid down their weapons..
She added: “Ukrainian soldiers from Tokmak and Vasilievka regions will return home after signing a pledge to refuse to participate in the battles.”.
On the other hand, the Russian Defense Ministry said that its forces succeeded, through their “high-precision weapons”, in destroying the transmitters of the TV tower in Kyiv, in order to “suppress media attacks against Russia,” as described in the ministry’s statement..
In order to suppress media attacks against Russia, a high-precision weapon was directed at the technological facilities of the Security Management Unit and the Main Special Psychological Operations Center in Kyiv, and the broadcast equipment of the TV tower was disabled, without destroying residential buildings..
In Ukraine, the Ukrainian newspaper “Verkhovnaya Rada” reported that problems with television broadcasting of Ukrainian channels were observed after the explosion in the Kyiv TV tower, and backup broadcasting will be operated in the near future.