Russia destroys missile factory in Kiev and warns of further attacks on the Ukrainian capital
Cemetery workers work on the tomb of Tetyana Gramushnyak, 75, killed by shelling on March 19, while cooking food outside her home in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday , April 14, 2022 | AP

Russia destroyed a missile factory in the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital Kiev it was confirmed yesterday, as it bombarded the city following Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that Moscow will “increase the number and scale of missile strikes” on the Ukrainian capital after destroying the Vizar military factory.

He claimed it was a response to airstrikes on the Russian border village of Klimovo in the Bryansk region on Thursday injuring eight people including a two-year-old child and his pregnant mother.

Russia has shelled and bombed Ukrainian cities regularly since invading its neighbor on February 24, causing what the UN estimates to be several thousand civilian deaths.

The factory was believed to produce the Neptune missiles that Ukraine credits with sinking the flagship Russian cruiser Moskva in the Black Sea.

Moscow denies the ship was hit by a Ukrainian missile and insists the hull had been damaged by ammunition that exploded due to a fire onboard and ran into difficulties as it was being towed to port.

“In the stormy sea conditions, the ship sank,” a Defense Ministry statement said.

According to Ukraine’s armed forces, Russia used long-range bombers to attack the besieged port city of Mariupol yesterday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said battles were ongoing in the city.

Moscow claimed to have taken control of the strategically important Illich Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol in a joint operation with the Donetsk People’s Republic militia yesterday.

Mr. Konashenkov said the factory had been “fully liberated” from Ukrainian nationalists.

Mariupol is a stronghold of the Neo-Nazi Azov movement which has its headquarters. It was assimilated into the Ukrainian armed forces in 2014.

In international responses to the war, Finland’s Minister for Europe Tytti Tuppurainen said it was “highly likely” to join NATO yesterday in an interview with Sky News.

While discussions were yet to take place in the Finnish parliament she said that membership in the military alliance had huge support from the public.

Sweden is also set to abandon its neutral position and join NATO in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

National Association of Italian Partisans leader Gianfranco Pagliarulo hit out at his government after it said it was planning to send more weapons to Ukraine yesterday.

“We are witnesses to total rearmament, like the one that happened before World War I and World War II. This breeds tensions. An apocalyptic chain reaction follows, which may result in disaster,” he said.

More arms will lessen the likelihood of peace and cause the conflict to widen, Mr. Pagliarulo added.


Steve Sweeney
Steve Sweeney

Steve Sweeney writes for Morning Star, the socialist daily newspaper published in Great Britain. He is also a People's Assembly National Committee member, patron of the Peace in Kurdistan campaign, and a proud trade unionist. Steve Sweeney escribe para Morning Star, el diario socialista publicado en Gran Bretaña. También es miembro del Comité Nacional de la Asamblea Popular, patrocinador de la campaña Paz en Kurdistán y un orgulloso sindicalista.