Russia Says Its Air Force Hit 7 Ukrainian Command Posts

Russia claimed Monday that its air force hit seven Ukrainian command posts in eastern Ukraine.

The claims were made by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement. They also provided this press briefing footage, during which Igor Konashenkov, the chief spokesman for the MoD, claimed that the targets included the command post of the Ukrainian 25th Air Assault Brigade, deployed near Siversk.

Siversk is a city in the Bakhmut Raion of the Donetsk Oblast region in eastern Ukraine. Russia and pro-Russian forces are now shifting their focus to the Donetsk region after having captured the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.

Russia attacks Ukraine military command posts
Attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces reportedly targeted seven Ukrainian command posts, including those of 25th Air Assault Brigade deployed near Siversk, Ukraine. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian MoD claimed in a statement in English that "high-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the elimination of seven command posts, including those of 25th Air Assault Brigade deployed near Siversk (Donetsk People's Republic), two munitions, missile and artillery armament depots in Ivano-Daryevka and Artyomovsk (Donetsk People's Republic), one Grad MRLS battery in reloading areas, as well as AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] manpower and military equipment in 16 areas."

The Russian Aerospace Forces are made up of the air and space branches of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Zenger News has not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February in what the Kremlin calls a "special military operation." Tuesday marks the 132nd day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 5, Russia had lost about 36,350 personnel, 1,594 tanks, 3,772 armored combat vehicles, 806 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 105 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 187 helicopters, 660 drones, 144 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,634 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 65 units of special equipment.

Other developments in the Russia-Ukraine war:

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing his advantage after his forces captured the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the eastern Luhansk Oblast region, ordering Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to continue the offensive.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian forces would retake the city "thanks to the increase in the supply of modern weapons."

Luhansk's regional governor Serhiy Haidai said that Ukraine's troops have now moved to new fortified positions. He pleaded for more weapons from Ukraine's allies to help fight Russia's current advantage.

The governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast region in central-eastern Ukraine, Valentyn Reznichenko, has said that Russian forces targeted the region with seven missiles during the night of July 4 to 5, with Ukrainian forces downing six of them. The seventh missile hit a residential area and damaged homes, with no reports of casualties so far.

The strategically situated Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, which has Dnipro as its capital, borders the Kharkiv Oblast to the north, the Donetsk Oblast to the east, the Kherson Oblast to the south and the Mykolaiv Oblast to the west.

Zelensky is negotiating with Turkey and the U.N. in a bid to secure guarantees for his country's grain exports. The move comes after Turkish authorities detained a Russian cargo ship carrying grain allegedly stolen from Ukraine. The ship is said to contain over 7,000 tons of grain that Russian officials said would be sent to "friendly" countries.

He has said that third parties other than Russia are needed to guarantee that grain can be safely exported. It is believed that 22 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine due to Russia's naval blockade of the country's Black Sea ports.

NATO has said that Finland and Sweden completed accession talks at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Monday. NATO said: "Both countries formally confirmed their willingness and ability to meet the political, legal and military obligations and commitments of NATO membership."

NATO has appointed U.S. Army General Christopher G. Cavoli as its new Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He speaks Russian and has a master's degree from Yale in Russian studies.

The leaders of dozens of countries, as well as international organizations and companies gathered in Lugano, in Switzerland, for a Ukraine Recovery Conference to elaborate a "Marshall Plan" roadmap to rebuild the country after the war. Zelensky said in a virtual address that Russia's war "is not just an attempt to seize our land and destroy our state, but also a worldview confrontation."

He also said that rebuilding Ukraine provides the opportunity "to show why freedom is mightier than tyranny."

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.