Russian military leaders claim to gave taken out 13 key Ukrainian military targets in an onslaught of cruise missiles fired from warships.
Footage released by the Kremlin shows the long-range weapons being released at sea.
In a statement obtained by Newsflash, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 29th April: “The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
“High-precision long-range air-based weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the Artem rocket plant and space industry enterprise in the city of Kyiv.
“High-precision long-range sea-based ‘Kalibr’ missiles destroyed three electrical substations in the areas of the railway junctions of Fastiv, Krasnoselka and Polonnoye.
“High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 10 military facilities in Ukraine. Among them: nine areas with a concentration of manpower and military equipment as well as an ammunition depot near the village of Ilyichevka.
“Operational-tactical and army aviation teams of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 112 military facilities in Ukraine at night. Among them: two command posts, 11 strongholds, 95 areas with a concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as four depots of rocket and artillery weapons in the settlements of Pokrovskoye and Gorokhovskoye.”
The Russian MoD added: “During the night, missile forces hit 13 military facilities in Ukraine.”
The statement continued: “In the area of the village of Gorokhovskoye, Mykolaiv region, a launcher was identified and destroyed along with a combat crew of the Ukrainian Tochka-U missile system, from which a strike took place on residential areas of the city of Kherson yesterday.
“In addition, six areas with a concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment were destroyed along with three artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a division of multiple launch rocket systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Artillery units completed 975 firing missions during the night. 21 command posts, 69 strongholds, 763 areas with a concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as 107 artillery positions were hit.
“As a result of the strikes, over 280 nationalists and 38 tanks and armoured vehicles were destroyed.”
Russia claimed: “Russian air defence systems destroyed 13 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles over the settlements of Redkodub, Shiykovka, Nevskoye, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Stepnoy Yar, Petrivske, Zelenoe Pole, Bukovo, Panteleimonovka, Makeevka, Chernobaevka, including a Bayraktar-TB2 drone on the Russian-Ukrainian border near Novovodyannoye.
“Also in the area of the village of Kamenka, a rocket from a Ukrainian Smerch multiple missile launcher was shot down.
“In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 142 aircraft, 111 helicopters, 634 unmanned aerial vehicles, 278 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,638 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 304 multiple rocket launchers, 1,175 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,467 units of special military vehicles.