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Russia says strikes hit Ukraine military training centers

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Russia said Sunday that its forces had carried out strikes against three military training centers in northern and western Ukraine, including one near the Polish border, just days before a NATO summit.

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The bombings were carried out with “high-precision weapons of Russia’s aerospace forces and Kalibr missiles,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

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Among the targets was a military training center for Ukrainian forces in the Starychi district of the Lviv region, around 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border with NATO member Poland.

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The other two training centers were in the central Zhytomyr region and northern Chernihiv region.

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Konashenkov did not say when or from where the missiles were fired.

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However Kyiv on Saturday said that Russia had carried out strikes from Ukraine’s northern neighbor Belarus. Moscow did not comment on the claim.

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After the strikes, several Ukrainian brigades “completely lost their combat capabilities,” Konashenkov said, adding that “plans to deploy them in combat zones were thwarted.”

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The strikes served as a reminder that Russia is capable of striking any part of Ukraine, even with the bulk of its operation now taking place in the east and south of the country.

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Ukrainian authorities reported that there were Russian strikes on the capital Kyiv on Sunday morning, but Konashenkov did not mention it in his statement.

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The Russian strikes comes as a G7 summit opened in Germany on Sunday, and ahead of a NATO meeting in Madrid from June 28 to 30.

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