Russia claimed overnight air raids on major Ukrainian sites, including depots of Storm Shadow missiles and depleted uranium ammo, as well as electronic intelligence centers and training facilities for Ukrainian military scouts.
According to Taras Melnychuk, permanent representative of the Cabinet of Ministers, the deputy defense ministers fired included Hanna Maliar, Vitalii Deyneha, and Denys Sharapov, as well as the state secretary of the Defense Ministry, Kostiantyn Vashchenko.
A Ukrainian serviceman from the 3rd Assault Brigade known as 'Sheva' eats a slice of bread
Melnychuk offered no explanation for the firings, although the government is looking into allegations of military corruption involving equipment purchases. Rustem Umerov, a Crimean Tatar legislator who took over as defense minister, did not issue an immediate remark.
Reznikov was fired earlier this monthfollowing a scandal involving the procurement of military coats at three times the cost by the defense ministry. Reznikov refuted the claims but resigned as a result.
The department reshuffle occurred a day after Ukraine's military announced that it had taken the settlement of Klishchiivka from Russian soldiers after months of tough fighting. Fighting continued Monday in the eastern Donetsk region as forces attempted to retain the town south of the Russian-held city of Bakhmut.
Maliar said in a briefing Monday before she was fired:
The enemy is trying with all his might to regain lost positions. Therefore, our fighters hold back the enemy’s attacks there and are entrenched at the achieved frontiers.- Maliar
Retaking Klishchiivka is deemed tactically significant because it will let Ukrainian forces extend their victories surrounding Bakhmut.
Russia invaded Ukraine last February. Ukraine started a counteroffensive in June, which has resulted in minor gains but no major breakthroughs.
Despite being bolstered with NATO-standard weapons worth billions of dollars, Ukrainian military authorities have stated that there are no quick options to breach Russian defensive lines, just protracted, grinding fights with heavy casualties.
In an effort to garner additional support, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is heading to the United States, where he is slated to visit the White House and Capitol Hill this week during the United Nations General Assembly.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat from Arizona, met with Ukraine authorities and soldiers in Kyiv on Monday to examine the military's present needs and discuss ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles, which Biden is considering delivering.
“No single capability is going to make the difference between winning and losing," said Kelly, who praised forces for progress, though he said he wished it would move faster.
In other battles, six people have been killed and 16 have been injured in the last 24 hours as Russia claims to have employed long-range air-launched missiles and drones to attack U.K.-supplied missiles and depleted uranium ammo capable of destroying tanks.
"The goal of the strike has been fulfilled, all the designated facilities have been struck," the ministry announced, without going into further detail.
The statements appeared to contradict Ukraine's claim that it intercepted all 17 Russian cruise missiles and 18 of 24 Shahed drones in the southern areas of Mykolaiv and Odesa on Monday morning. There was no way to confirm the contradictory reports.
According to the report, Russians assaulted residential areas in eight cities and villages in the Donetsk region, including Avdiivka and Kurdiumivka, killing one and injuring four.
In Kherson, five artillery assaults killed one person and injured another. According to the presidential administration, Russians dropped explosives from a drone near the local bus station in the nearby town of Beryslav, injuring four persons.
The attack damaged a recreational facility in the town of Vylkovo, according to Oleh Kiper, the regional governor of Odesa, although no casualties were immediately recorded. Vylkovo, nicknamed "Ukrainian Venice" because of its numerous canals, is located in the Danube delta, near the border with Romania.
Romania has reported the discovery of drone fragments similar to those used by Russia in strikes on Ukrainian ports on the opposite side of the Danube.
Bulgaria claimed Monday that a specialized navy crew carried out a "controlled explosion" of a mortar shell discovered mounted to a drone in the Black Sea coastal town of Tyulenovo.
Todor Tagarev, Bulgaria's Defense Minister, said it was unclear when or how the drone wound up there, but it was most likely carried by sea to the seaside town some 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) south of the Romanian border.
I have not been informed that our air defense system has detected such an object, but they are difficult to locate. Such incidents happen weekly, the Bulgarian army has teams to locate and destroy unexploded ordnance.- Todor Tagarev