Russia says it is making progress in Ukraine and has hit the energy and military industries

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A damaged refrigerator containing remains of products is seen at the site of a private house that was destroyed by a rocket attack on May 8, 2024 in the village of Krasylivka, Kiev region. | Photo credit: AFP

Russia said on May 8 that its forces had pushed into eastern Ukraine, capturing villages in two regions and hitting Ukraine’s energy and military infrastructure in response to attacks on Russian refineries.

Russian missiles and drones struck nearly a dozen Ukrainian critical infrastructure facilities in a major airstrike early May 8, causing severe damage at three Soviet-era thermal power plants, officials in Kiev said.

Russia used high-precision long-range naval and airborne weapons, hypersonic Kinzhal missile systems and drones to attack energy facilities and the military-industrial complex, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“As a result of the attack, Ukraine’s capabilities for the production of military products, as well as the transfer of Western weapons and military equipment to the contact line, have been significantly reduced,” the ministry said.

According to the report, the strike was in response to “the Kiev regime’s attempts to damage Russian energy facilities.”

Russian troops advanced in several places along the 1,000 km front, the Defense Ministry said.

They took control of the village of Kyslivka in Ukraine’s Kharkov region and the village of Novokalinove in the Donetsk region, the ministry said. Reuters could not independently verify these claims.

It also said it had hit Ukrainian ammunition depots and drone workshops.

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