Russia’s military offensive in western Ukraine last week shocked and alarmed NATO officials. The first blow came Sunday, March 13, in Yavoriv, Ukraine. Russia has fired several missiles at the base, some of which are said to be hypersonic. More than 200 workers were killed, including American and British military and intelligence personnel, and hundreds more were injured. Many have catastrophic wounds, such as amputation, and hospitalization. Nevertheless, NATO and the Western media show little interest in reporting on the catastrophe.
Yavoriv was an important frontline for NATO (see here). Until February (before the Russian invasion of Ukraine), the US 7th Army Training Command was operating from Yavoriv:
Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine is the name of the mission of training, equipping, development of training centers and ideological support of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The 7th Army Training Command oversees the JMTG-U mission at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center, recently led by Task Force Gator, the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Florida Army National Guard.
From a NATO briefing on the following benefits.
As you can see, this military base is literally located on the border with Poland. It was (is?) A major supply hub for receiving and distributing arms and ammunition sent to the United States and other NATO members. This is where foreign instructors (for example, the US and British mainly) instructed the Ukrainians to use new weapons.
The base can accommodate 1790 military and civilian personnel:
According to the NATO briefing, the training capacity for the site is strong:
Russia has sent an incredible message to NATO: “We will not allow NATO to provide weapons or training to Ukrainians in Ukraine. Anyone who provides such assistance will be considered a fighter and will be treated accordingly. “
But Russia did not stop there (see photo at the top of the page). ASB Military News reports that Russia hit another site called Dalatin, 60 miles southeast of Yavoriv.
In a warning to NATO, Russia has for the first time fired a Kh-47M2 Kinzel ‘Dagger’ hypersonic missile at a target in western Ukraine, setting up a huge underground warehouse in the village of Dalatin in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine near the country. NATO has a border with Poland – over which it has been receiving large amounts of military supplies and has reportedly destroyed large quantities of weapons. This is the first and only known use of the Kinzel hypersonic missile. This footage is uncertain – there is no definitive footage of the missile at the moment. However, the use of missiles has been officially confirmed.
We reported on the use of hypersonic missiles earlier today.
Russians reportedly using hypersonic missiles for the first time in Ukraine (video)
The attacks are a serious reminder to NATO that Russia is serious about destroying NATO military supplies and, if present in Ukraine, providing military and intelligence personnel training Ukrainian military and paramilitary groups.
To the astonishment of U.S. military leaders at EUCOM, the Russians struck both sites, and Ukraine failed to warn of impending attack and was unable to fire missiles. This could explain NATO’s reluctance to send MIG-29s to Ukraine.
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