Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered some of their forces to focus on eliminating Ukraine’s long-range missile and artillery systems during his visit to a Kremlin-occupied territory earlier this week.
Shoigu instructed the Vostok battalion commander “to prioritize the defeat of long-range rocket and artillery weapons of the enemy with high-precision weapons,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.
Moreover, Shoigu accused Ukraine of using its long-range rockets to target residential areas in Donbas and intentionally setting wheat fields and grain storage silos on fire. In retaliation, the Russian forces destroyed a High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launcher and a transport-loading vehicle in the Donetsk region and struck a warehouse in Odesa containing Harpoon anti-ship weapons, the defense ministry said. However, both sides haven’t commented on those reported claims.
Seversk area. Russian artillery pounds the defenders. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's instruction to intensify attacks "in all operational areas” seems to be happening. Everything from Cruise missile attacks to huge artillery bombardments on a daily basis now. pic.twitter.com/EyIfnRsNfH
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