Russia says Ukraine's air defence systems 'eliminated'

One of the Russian blasts in Ukraine on Thursday

One of the Russian missile blasts in Ukraine on Thursday

The Russian Defence Ministry has announced that Ukrainian air defences have been neutralised with precision weapons.

“The military infrastructure of Ukrainian military air bases has been put out of action”, the statement on Thursday read.

“The air defences of the armed forces of Ukraine have been neutralised”.

The Russian MoD also noted that the border services of Ukraine “do not show any resistance” to Russian troops.

Earlier the defence ministry said precision weapons are neutralising Ukrainian military infrastructure, including air bases, and air defences.

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The ministry noted that Ukrainian cities are not targeted, and only military facilities are being neutralised.

The tensions in Ukraine have been mounting over the past several weeks, with the Ukrainian military carrying out multiple shellings against the Donbass republics.

Moscow then recognised the independence of breakaway republics of Lugansk and Donetsk.

It urged Kiev to stop the war in the region.

Sputnik said Russia launched a special military operation, targeting Ukrainian military to stop attacks by Kiev forces in Donbass.

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