Ukraine war latest: US says Russian missile launches more frequent

The Pentagon said Russia had fired 600 missiles since the start of the invasion, up from 500 as of Friday, suggesting an acceleration from about 20 launches on the day identified last weekend.

A senior U.S. defense official said Russia had transferred 95 percent of its pre-invasion forces to Ukraine. He added that there were only “limited changes in the terrain” during the last 24 hours.

“Russian forces have continued their efforts to advance and isolate Kyiv, Kharkiv and Chernihiv in the north and east and are facing strong Ukrainian resistance,” the official said, adding that the Russian convoy north of Kiev remained stuck.

In southern Ukraine, the Pentagon continues to watch the fighting near Kherson, a city in the Black Sea that Russian forces captured last week, and Mikuliev. U.S. and Western officials feared that Russia was moving west along the Black Sea coast for a possible attack on Odessa, the critical port city.

Emergency services respond to missile strike on building at Habrishivka International Airport in Vinnytsia, Vinnytsia, Ukraine © Ukraine’s State Emergency Service via Reuters

But the U.S. Defense Department said: “We have not seen an amphibious invasion of or near Odessa, nor do we estimate that one is imminent.

The US source said that Ukraine’s airspace remained controversial, but Ukraine’s air defense and missiles remained intact and in use, and that the Ukrainian army continued to fly aircraft.

He said the U.S. had seen videos on social media of Russian planes being shot down, adding that the Pentagon could not have independently verified that Russia had suffered the losses, but was equally unwilling to refute them.

“Both sides have suffered losses in both air defense and missile defense inventory,” he said, “We estimate that both sides still hold most of their air defense systems and capabilities.”

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