For 8 long months, the good people of Ukraine have endured endless, albeit sloppy attacks on their homeland, perpetrated by a desperate and flailing Russian military.
The longer the invasion continues, the more desperate the Kremlin has become, and the small percentage of Russian troops who haven’t yet deserted the army are turning downright brutal in their actions.
But, for each horrific atrocity we learn about, there are a number of massive Ukrainian victories, and now that the Kremlin is sending untrained civilians to the front lines, wins are growing substantially more frequent.
Moscow has continued with its campaign of aiming for civilian targets in Ukraine but most of its cruise missiles have been shot down, with attacks on seven areas having been repelled, according to Kyiv’s forces.
Just how well did they do?
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Wednesday that over the previous day Russia had launched 28 cruise missiles, 20 of which were taken out by air defense units.
As Ukrainian officials step up their calls for the West to supply more air defense capabilities, the update said that Russia had carried out 13 airstrikes and launched more than 40 attacks from rocket salvo systems.
And that wasn’t all:
In their assessment on Wednesday, Ukraine’s armed forces said they had repelled Russian attacks in the areas of Mykolaivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Mayorsk, Pervomaiske and Krasnohorivka.
The Ukrainian Air Force carried out 15 strikes during the day, damaging 13 areas containing weapons and military equipment and two Russian defense systems, according to the update, which Newsweek has contacted the Russian defense ministry about.
The news comes just hours ahead of bold claims that Ukrainian forces had also shot down 4 Russian helicopters in the span of about 20 minutes, belying once again the sheer ineptitude of the Kremlin’s forces.