Russian Glide Bomb Strikes Heighten Tensions in Ukraine Conflict
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View of a Russian FAB-500M-62 glide bomb aboard a Su-34 fighter bomber, before a combat mission targeting Ukrainian troops in the south Donetsk sector, according to official Russian sources. Kyiv Post screen grab of Russian Defense Ministry video published on April 7.

By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies 

The Kremlin’s use of By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies long-range glide bombs leads to significant ground gains near Avdiivka as Ukrainian defenses face challenges.

The conflict in Ukraine has taken a concerning turn as Kremlin forces, employing heavy air strikes with long-range glide bombs, have made significant ground gains near the battlefield city of Avdiivka. Reports indicate that up to 2 kilometers of territory west of Avdiivka have been seized, marking a notable advancement for Russian troops amidst intensified hostilities in the region.

According to both news outlets and official reports, the recent Moscow-led offensive saw the deployment of multiple Su-34 fighter bombers, which unleashed half-ton glide bombs on Ukrainian positions in the south-Donetsk sector near Avdiivka. The strikes, captured in footage aired by the Russian Defense Ministry, underscore the severity of the ongoing conflict and the strategic significance of the Avdiivka sector.

The village of Tonenke, the site of a previous bloody confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian forces, witnessed significant ground gains by Moscow troops following days of relentless air strikes. Reports from Ukrainian military sources confirm the capture of Tonenke by Russian forces, alongside continued assaults in adjacent areas, including Semenivka and Umansky.

Despite facing powerful adversaries with superior artillery and air support, Ukrainian defenses have managed to withstand the onslaught, preventing a complete breakthrough by Russian forces. Counterattacks launched by elements of Ukraine’s airborne brigades in the Avdiivka sector have thus far failed to reclaim lost ground, highlighting the resilience of Ukrainian forces in the face of overwhelming odds.

However, the use of long-range glide bombs presents a formidable challenge for Ukrainian air defenses. Ukraine’s reliance on US-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, rendered ineffective against Russian bombers carrying glide bombs due to a halt in American military aid, underscores the urgent need for alternative defense strategies.

President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the limitations of Ukraine’s current air defense capabilities, emphasizing the necessity of enhancing the country’s defenses to counter the threat posed by Russian glide bombs. While efforts to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses are underway, the acquisition of F-16 jet fighters and trained pilots, though forthcoming, is unlikely to fully mitigate the risk of future Russian air strikes.

The recent escalation in hostilities extends beyond the Avdiivka sector, with reports of intensified attacks in other regions, including Kharkiv, Vuhledar, and Chasiv Yar. Russian air strikes targeting forward Ukrainian positions have led to civilian casualties and further destabilized the region, underscoring the urgent need for diplomatic intervention to de-escalate tensions and prevent further loss of life.

As the conflict in Ukraine enters a critical phase, the international community faces mounting pressure to address the root causes of the crisis and work towards a peaceful resolution that ensures the security and stability of the region.

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