VIDEO | Andonovic: Massive Russian attack on Ukraine, NATO raises fighter jets, USA sends anti-aircraft system "Patriot"

Analysis with Dejan Andonović / Photo Sloboden pechat

The Polish military's operational command announced that planes from its air force and other NATO allies had been scrambled to protect Polish airspace following reports of Russian missile attacks on Ukraine.

Over the past night and morning, Russian forces launched rocket attacks on several Ukrainian areas.

Kyiv Independent reports that several explosions rang out around four o'clock this morning.

Oleh Kiper, the governor of the Odesa region, announced that the explosions occurred in the city of Odesa at five o'clock local time.

The city administration of Kyiv said that one person was injured in the capital of Ukraine.

It was reported that fires broke out in two residential quarters in Kyiv where the fire services intervened.

During the night and morning, Russian forces carried out missile attacks on several Ukrainian areas, and the Air Force of Ukraine warned of the danger of Russian cruise missiles and Shahid drones, and an air danger alert was activated throughout the country.

These attacks are considered revenge after a series of strikes by Ukrainian forces on Russian territory, primarily in the Belgorod region. The attacks especially intensified after Western countries gave Ukraine permission to use their weapons for attacks in Russia.

Additional tension was caused by the decision of the United States of America (USA) to deliver another "Patriot" missile system to Ukraine. U.S. officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made official said U.S. President Joe Biden had approved the deployment of the second Patriot system.

The decision follows desperate calls from Kiev for additional air defense equipment, especially after the northeastern region of Kharkiv has been targeted by intense Russian attacks.

To all this escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Moscow has responded with military exercises of its tactical weapons, which it is conducting together with Belarus near the border of Ukraine.

Additional tension today was caused by former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who in his role as Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, published a video on his Telegram channel congratulating Russia Day, which shows a map of Russia that it also includes Ukraine.

"Happy Russia Day," Medvedev wrote in the video's description.

In the video, you can hear the Russian national anthem and you can see a map of Russia - from the far east to the western borders.

Medvedev included Ukraine as part of Russia up to the border with Poland.

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