A flurry of Russian rockets damaged apartment complexes, fragmented trees and at least one burning house in central kyiv on Wednesday, The New York Times reported.
In a residential area of the Ukrainian capital, the newspaper noted that the rockets had caused few casualties but that the area had suffered significant damage. The Times reported that it appeared Russian Grad missiles had been used in the attack – the first instance of the central part of the city being hit by such missiles – by a launching system.
The development comes as Russian forces struggle to take control of the Ukrainian capital. A senior US defense official said on Tuesday that Russia had lost more than 10% of its fighting force in Ukraine as the Russian military scrambled to provide more weapons, food and fuel to its soldiers. .
The official told reporters they had indications that Ukrainian forces “are now able and willing to retake territory that the Russians have taken.”
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon last week, Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinDefense and national security—Biden braces for new sanctions on Russia Pentagon chief sets up independent panel to investigate military suicides Defense and national security—Russia sends warnings to the West MORE said Russia had “struggled with logistics” and officials had seen a “number of missteps” as he assessed the nation’s progress in Ukraine.
“I think, you know, they didn’t progress as quickly as they would have liked. I think they imagined that they would move quickly and very quickly, take over the capital, they haven’t been able to do it,” Austin said. “They struggled with the logistics, so we saw a number of missteps along the way.
“I don’t see, you know, any evidence of a good use of tactical intelligence. I don’t see the integration of air capability with a ground maneuver,” Austin added. “And so there’s a number of things that we would expect to see that we just didn’t see, and the Russians really had…presented…problems. So a lot of their assumptions didn’t pan out. proven to be true as they entered this fight.
The development comes as Russia approaches four weeks since the start of its invasion of Ukraine.