The Russian army said on Saturday it destroyed a large shipment of Western weapons in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region, west of Kiev, using sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles.
The defense ministry said in a statement that the strike destroyed “a large consignment of weapons and military equipment from the US and European countries” and is destined for Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region, where fighting is concentrated.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the report, which also said Russian missiles hit fuel storage facilities near Odessa on the Black Sea coast and shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 planes and 14 drones.
In its latest update on the war, which Russia calls a “special military operation,” the Defense Ministry also said Russia had attacked numerous Ukrainian command posts.
The West has been ramping up arms supplies to Ukraine since the Russian invasion of February 24, and the Russian military is trying to intercept and destroy them. Moscow says Western arms deliveries to Kiev and the imposition of drastic sanctions on the Russian economy amount to a “proxy war” by the United States and its allies.