The Russian forces have reportedly attacked a Kyiv missile factory that focused on making and repairing Ukrainian missiles, which include the Neptune anti-ship missile, in an apparent retaliation for sinking the Moskva. An attack which Russia officially claims did not occur.

This comes after the Russian Defense Ministry had stated on Friday that they would be bombing Ukraine more, specifically Kyiv, in response to multiple Ukrainian attacks on Russia. One of Ukraine’s attacks was that of the 2 Mi-24 attack helicopters destroying an oil depot in Belgorod about a week ago, and the most recent being the sinking of the Moskva.

Russia’s flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the Moskva, was allegedly sunk by Neptune missiles a few days ago, which had been hailed as one of Ukraine’s most prolific military successes to date. However, it is important to note that the Kremlin had stated that the Moskva sunk due to a fire breaking out on board, which led to ammunition on board exploding. We know know the Moskva has sunk with as many much as 80% of the crew dead along with her captain.

The Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet (OSINTtechnical). Source:
The Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (OSINTtechnical/Twitter)

Powerful explosions were reportedly heard in Kyiv. This was apparently an attack on the “Vizar” factory, a Kyiv missile factory that made and repaired missiles. The factory is situated near Kyiv’s international Zhuliany airport.

This is the first time they attacked the capital city since they pulled out from the region a few weeks ago, stating that the Russian forces were to focus their operations in Donbas. The attack reportedly used sea-based Kalibr missiles.

“Tonight, high-precision, long-range, sea-based Kalibr missiles attacked a military facility on the outskirts of Kyiv,” Russian Defense Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said.

“As a result of the attack on the Zhulyansky Vizar machine-building plant, workshops for the production and repair of long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as anti-ship missiles, were destroyed.”

“The number and scale of missile strikes on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian territory committed by the Kyiv nationalist regime,” the Russian Defense Ministry stated.