On July 13th, Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia. The attack was carried out by Russian high-precision sea-based Kalibr missiles which struck the building of the garrison house of officers in the city.
The Russian Ministry of Defence reported that “at the time of the strike, a meeting of the command of the Ukrainian air forces with representatives of foreign arms suppliers was held at this military facility on the transfer of the next batch of aircraft, weapons of destruction to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the organization of repair of the Ukrainian aviation fleet.”
As a result of the strike, the participants of the meeting were destroyed.
The Ukrainian media launched the information campaign claiming that the strike targeted civilian facilities located nearby, including a maternity hospital. The reports stressed on the number of civilian killed during the attack without mentioning the real targets. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky called the shelling of Vinnytsia a “terrorist attack against civilians,” and he demanded once again Russia to be recognized as a “terrorist state”.
Despite attempts of the Kiev regime to hide the truth behind the loud claims on the attacks on civilians, the reports of the Russian Ministry of Defence were confirmed by the facts.
Soon after the strike, names of high-ranking officers of the Ukrainian Air Force who were killed in the building of the garrison house of officers were revealed but were missed by the media.
So far, the known victims include:
- Acting Chief of Armament of the Logistics Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Burdyko.
- The head of the Military-Scientific Department of the headquarters of the Ukrainian Air Force Command, Lieutenant Colonel Konstantin Puzyrenko.
- The head of the Armament and Logistics Service of the Ukrainian Air Force, Colonel Oleg Makarchuk.
The victims were members of the Ukrainian delegation who held talks with foreign military officials on arms supplies to Ukraine. They are not the only Ukrainian officials killed in Vinnytsia. The real number of casualties remains unknown, as well as the names of foreign officers who took part in the talks that day.
The Russian strike marked the first attack on the Ukrainian decision-making centers. It is likely linked to the further dismissal of the head of the Security Service of Ukraine.
Soon after the incident, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky dismissed the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Ivan Bakanov, as well as Prosecutor General of Ukraine. The reason of such a decision were links “between employees of the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine and the special services of Russia”.
Zelensky reported on 651 criminal proceedings “on high treason and collaborationist activities” against employees of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.