The Ukrainian military launched a strike on the Russian NIP-16 space tracking and communication center in Crimea on Sunday evening with ballistic missiles provided to them by the US, international sources confirm.

The X account OSINTtechnical reports that the facility was hit by MGM-140 ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles. The original source of the report that the space tracking and communications facility took damage is a Ukrainian news Telegram Channel, Crimean Wind.

Ukrainian news site Ukrainska Pravda reported Sunday evening that Ukrainian forces have also successfully attacked a motorized rifle regiment command post inside Russia.

In April, it was revealed that the US was delivering missiles of this kind to Ukraine. Locations of the attacks also include Zaozerne, Yevpatoriya, and Dunozlav, all in Crimea, which Russia claims as its own territory.

The NIP-16 space tracking and communication center was originally a Soviet Union installation built in the 1960s. The facility has been used since Russian forces controlled the region in 2014 to support Russian space missions. The facility is also vital for managing communications with Russian military and civilian satellites, and a disruption in communications could hamper Russian missile targeting capabilities.

On May 30, US President Joe Biden authorized Ukraine to use American weapons to strike Russia to defend Kharkiv. Vladimir Putin then threatened to retaliate, saying at his annual economic forum in St. Petersburg: “That would mark their direct involvement in the war against the Russian Federation, and we reserve the right to act the same way.”

As Valuetainment previously reported, Russia sent warships to Cuba for a “military exercise” from June 12 to Jun 17. While Cuban and Russian officials referred to it as a military exercise, the timing of the event suggests further strategic purposes.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, said in a Telegram post on June 6:

 Let the United States and its allies now feel the direct use of Russian weapons by third parties. These individuals or regions are intentionally not named, but they can be anyone who considers Pindostan and its companions to be their enemies, regardless of their political beliefs and international recognition. Their enemy is the US, which means they are our friends.

“Pindostan” is a derogatory Russian slang word for the United States.

Observers should note that misleading, and untruthful claims are commonly used by nations at war.

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