Ukrainians have been asking its Western partners to close the sky. Its civilians have been subjected to merciless Russian airstrikes daily and nightly for the past 4 months.
A beautiful provincial town of Kremenchuk is pictured above. It’s located about 300 km (185 mi) away from the southern Ukrainian territories occupied by the Russian army.
“In Kremenchuk, Hundreds of people were out shopping, chatting and meeting with friends in a shopping mall in central Ukraine on Monday, a rare moment of normalcy amid the horror of war. Then a Russian missile struck” – narrated artfully The New York Times yesterday, on Monday, June 27.
“Air strikes rocked Ukraine’s strategic Black Sea port of Odessa early Sunday, but there were no casualties” – a mix of bad and good news was covered by L’Agence France-Presse / France24 on April 3.
“Airstrike Hits Downtown Kyiv Killing One. Ukrainian Emergency Services reported at least one person died and six others were injured” – reported matter-of-factly Bloomberg on March 14.
“Air strikes or invasion: what are Putin’s military options for Ukraine?” asked this great analytical question for its Christmassy readership The Financial Times two months before the full-scale invasion, on December 29, 2021.
And today a town of Kostiantynivka was hit by at least 4 rockets, two of which hit a school and two more destroyed a large central-heating boiler while the blast wave damaged a fire station nearby.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a call with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the NATO Summit in Madrid. He asked for just one thing – powerful air defense equipment.
The word “powerful” is critical for the Ukrainian civilians. The leftover Soviet S-300 air defense technology is not enough, even though Ukraine was very grateful to its Eastern European NATO neighbors who transferred their equipment in an effort to help Ukraine and to upgrade their defenses to a modern version of Patriot, the USA’s Raytheon-made modern equipment.
As of today, June 28, which is 125th day of the Russian full-scale aggression and the 26th year anniversary of the Constitution of Ukraine, the total number of Russian missiles that have hit the Ukrainian cities and towns is 2,811. That is, more than 22 missiles per day.
Previously, Constitution Days were major public holidays with festivities, concerts and the fireworks. But not this year. In 2022, it’s a work day for the victory.