Ukraine: Kraken battalion welcomed by tearful liberated locals
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Ukrainians were singing during a Russian missile attack in capital Kyiv, humiliating Vladimir Putin’s efforts to intimidate civilians with military operations. Despite missiles raining down on the city, Kyiv residents reportedly took shelter in various lines of the subway and kept their calm in the face of adversity. In a sign of provocation to Putin, the Ukrainian civilians sang the national anthem.
A Ukrainian News24 journalist reported from the subway: “While the enemy is launching missiles at the capital, Ukrainian songs are playing in the subway. Unbreakable spirit.”
Pupils joined the chorus from their classrooms, as they appeared calm despite the ongoing launch of missiles.
According to the Kyiv Independent, this is “the hardest missile attack the city has seen in months.”
The Ukrainian capital was targeted by at least four missiles on Monday morning, the first strikes in several months since the Russian retreat from the region, in response to an attack on the Kerch bridge linking Russia and Crimea.
Only hours after the bridge blew up, the Russian President denounced Ukraine’s secret services for an “act of terrorism”.
It remains unclear who carried out the explosion, but Russian was quick to suggest a lorry bomb was the cause for it.
Russian officials named a 25-year-old man, Samir Yusubov, as the owner of the truck, and said an older relative, Makhir Yusubov, was the driver.
CCTV footage shows a huge fireball erupting just behind the truck as it stops.
To counter the attack, which Putin claims was perpetrated by Ukrainians, the Russian leader annointed General Sergei Surovikin as its first overall commander of the war.
The general is a veteran commander and air force general who led the Russian military campaign in Syria in 2017, where he was accused of overseeing a brutal bombardment that destroyed much of the city of Aleppo in Syria.
In the army, he is reportedly nicknamed “General Armageddon” for his brutal methods of waging war.
“I am not surprised to see what is happening this morning in Kyiv. Surovikin is absolutely ruthless with little disregard for human life,” a former defence ministry official who has worked with him told the Guardian. “I am afraid his hands will be completely covered in Ukrainian blood.”
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In response to the Kyiv attacks, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that Russian President Vladimir Putin “will not break Ukraine down.”
“Putin’s only tactic is terror on peaceful Ukrainian cities, but he will not break Ukraine down. This is also his response to all appeasers who want to talk with him about peace: Putin is a terrorist who talks with missiles,” Kuleba tweeted.
Echoing the comment of his foreign minister, President Zelensky said: “The morning has been difficult. We are dealing with terrorists. Tens of missiles and Iranian shahids (drones).
“They have two targets. Energy facilities all over the country. Kiev and Khmelnitsk regions, Lviv and Dnipro, Lviv and Frankivsk regions, Zaporizhzhy and Sumy regions, Zhytomy and Kirovograd regions, south of the country.”
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