While Ukraine is preparing for a possible counteroffensive and rejecting any peace deal involving Russian land concessions, Russia has intensified its missile attacks on Ukraine, repeatedly hitting Kyiv and causing deaths.
Russia has intensified its missile attacks on Ukraine, targeting the capital city of Kyiv for the ninth time in a month. While most incoming missiles were destroyed, debris caused damage in two districts, resulting in one death and two injuries. Additionally, blasts were heard in several other regions. Ukraine’s Air Force reported that out of 30 missiles launched, 29 were successfully intercepted. This recent wave of attacks marks a significant escalation compared to previous months, with four mass launches occurring in May alone. In a separate incident, rail traffic was suspended between Simferopol and Sevastopol in Crimea due to a train derailment caused by an explosion. The Ukrainian army is preparing for a large-scale counter-offensive against Russia, with increased military capabilities and readiness. Western officials believe that Ukraine’s success should be measured by its impact on Russia’s strategy rather than solely territorial gains. Meanwhile, Ukraine rejected any peace plan that involved ceding territory to Russia, but an agreement allowing grain exports through the Black Sea was extended.