It is day 379 of the Russia-Ukraine war and things seem to be heating up more than usual again. Reports say that Russia started bombarding several cities in Ukraine with missiles around 5 am on Thursday, March 9. It comes as bitter and intense fighting continues in Bakhmut, a city in eastern Ukraine.
Russia launched all types of cruise missiles at Kyiv overnight. Thanks to the work of Ukrainian air defense, , strikes by cruise missiles and drones were prevented. Kinzhal ballistic missile, which Ukraine cannot intercept, hit energy facility. pic.twitter.com/BkMluWWmt9— Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) March 9, 2023
Dear Friends,— Jane (@UkraineEugenia) March 9, 2023
Unfortunately today at night we were attacked by the missiles
Attack has been lasted for 5 hours
Zolochiv in #Lviv district was bombed severe: 5 people died #RussianWarCrimes #RussiaIsANaziState #RussiaisATerroistState pic.twitter.com/VMMbT0xRL5
This is what Russia is doing to Ukraine. Video and photo of mass shelling overnight. Kick the terrorist Russia out of the @UN Security Council or disband the UN. pic.twitter.com/vKx9P6wdhU— Stardust Collector (@ruinwanderer) March 9, 2023
Russia had largely started the Ukraine invasion believing that Kyiv would fall within days of the attack. Reports now say that Kremlin had not prepared for Ukraine to fight back for as long as it has. Though Russia made dangerous gains in the beginning of the invasion, Ukraine was able to launch counterattacks and reclaim lost territories in the past year.
Russian forces are said to be lacking in ammunition and trained manpower. Moscow has largely tried to make up for the quality by increasing the number of soldiers on the ground; however, these soldiers are largely untrained personnel, dying quickly on the battleground.