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Official: S-300 missile systems spotted being transferred in direction of Zaporizhzhia

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 2, 2023 11:43 PM 1 min read
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Five trucks transporting S-300 missile systems were spotted in Russian-occupied Mariupol heading toward Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia, Petro Andriushchenko, an advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, wrote on Telegram on May 2.

S-300 are Soviet missile systems designed for air defense. However, Russia has been using the repurposed S-300 to attack targets in Ukraine.

Attacks with S-300 systems usually have repeatedly targeted populated areas in the city of Zaporizhzhia after such movements, Andriushchenko said, urging residents not to ignore air alerts.

Two Russian missiles hit a private residence in Zaporizhzhia on April 9, acting Zaporizhzhia Mayor Anatolii Kurtiev reported on Telegram.

The city has been subject to frequent attacks since the start of the full-scale invasion.

Russia declared an illegitimate annexation of Zaporizhzhia Oblast in the fall, along with Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts.

Only part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast is under Russian occupation.

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Russia’s missile strike on Jan. 14 caught Kyiv residents off-guard. After nearly a year of Moscow’s repeated attacks, something unusual happened: The explosions sounded before the air raid alert went off, which is rarely the case in what is believed to be the most protected city in Ukraine.

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