17 Injured in Ukraine in Recent Strikes From Russia

17 Injured in Ukraine in Recent Strikes From Russia

(USNewsBreak.com) – The Russo-Ukraine war is approaching its second anniversary, and both sides are still continuing unwavering battles. With winter well underway, front-line fighting has almost ground to a halt, so missiles and drones have become the primary attack methods. Recent reports indicate Russia has remained busy on that front.

According to The Associated Press, Russia fired two missiles during the night of January 16, hitting the northeastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv. Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said they were S-300 missiles. They struck a medical center and apartment buildings, injuring 17 people.

Russia has modified the projectiles to hit ground targets because engineers initially designed the munitions as surface-to-air missiles. Russian forces choose these types of weapons because they are cheaper to produce, among other reasons. However, the savings come at another cost: the weapons have a shorter range and poor accuracy.

The attack also involved multiple drones. Ukraine officials said they managed to intercept 19 out of 20 Shahed-type UAVs. Still, others made it through the line of defense.

This attack was just one of many initiated by Russia in recent weeks. In December, Kremlin forces launched multiple attacks, including a single event where the nation fired nearly 100 missiles. That was the highest number Russia had fired in a single day since the start of the war. In the last month of 2023, reports say enemy fire injured nearly 500 Ukrainians. More than 100 died.

Ukraine continued to push the West for more munitions. US aid dried up this month after Congress failed to come to an agreement on funding, with the House GOP demanding the budget bills include money to handle the border crisis. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently traveled to meet with several Western leaders, including a visit to Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum and spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Western leaders have broached the subject of “war fatigue” on several occasions as an excuse for dwindling investments in Ukraine‚Äôs ongoing defense. Yet, according to AP News, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said though his people “are tired” too, they will “keep defending [their] country.”

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