Russia launches 36 cruise missiles at night, with air defence systems down 16.

ussian occupation forces carried out a large-scale missile attack on critical infrastructure facilities in Ukraine on the night of 15-16 February.

They fired 32 air-launched and sea-launched cruise missiles.

The Commander-in-Chief stated that during the attack, Russia fired 36 missiles, including 12 X-101/X-555 air-launched cruise missiles, 8 sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles, 12 X-22 anti-ship cruise missiles, 3 X-59/31 guided air-launched missiles and an Onyx anti-ship missile.

The launches involved Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS strategic aircraft from Kursk Oblast and the Caspian Sea, Su-35 tactical aircraft from the area of temporarily occupied Melitopol, and cruise missile carriers in the Black Sea.

Units of the Air Force of Ukraine have shot down 14 X-101/X-555 and Kalibr cruise missiles and 2 X-59 air-launched guided missiles.

Putin tried to persuade Lukashenko to participate directly in war again.

Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), believes that at their next meeting on Friday, Vladimir Putin will again try to persuade the illegitimate president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to directly participate in the war against Ukraine.

The Russian Federation has long occupied the country of Belarus. This is a proven fact. Lukashenko does his best not to be forced to take an active, direct part for Belarus in the war against our people. I think that there will be another meeting on Friday when he (Lukashenko – ed.) will be forced to change his point of view" - said Danilov.

Russian shell kills married couple in Kherson Oblast.

A married couple was killed in the Russian shelling of Kherson Oblast on the morning of 16 February.

It is reported that a man and a woman have been killed due to the Russian shelling of the village of Zmiivka, Beryslav Raion. Their home was hit at dawn by an enemy shell, ending two civilians' lives. The Russian artillerymen knew where they were aiming. This is a targeted strike on civilians in Kherson Oblast.

Russia shells infrastructure of four oblasts in a day – Oblast Military Administrations.

ver the past day, the Russian military attacked infrastructure facilities in Lviv, Kirovohrad, Poltava, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.

In Lviv Oblast, missile strikes were carried out on an object of critical infrastructure in the Drohobych district at night during an air-raid siren. There were no casualties.

Kirovohrad Oblast: On Thursday night, there was a missile attack, during which a critical infrastructure object in the Kropyvnytskyi district was hit. The fire is being extinguished, and the relevant services are working. No casualties.

Chernihiv Oblast: Two mortar attacks and the discharge of ammunition from UAVs were recorded over the past day in the Novhorod-Siverskyi district. No casualties or damage.

Sumy Oblast: At night, a mortar attack was carried out on the territory of the Yunakivka hromada [an administrative unit designating a town, village or several villages and their adjacent territories – ed.] from the territory of the Russian Federation.

On Thursday morning, a mortar attack on the territory of the Khotin hromada was launched from the Russian Federation. Information about the victims and destruction of civilian infrastructure is being established

Russia hits containers with petroleum products in Kirovohrad Oblast at night.

Russia has launched a strike on the containers with petroleum products in Kirovohrad Oblast at night on 15-16 February. There was a missile strike on Thursday at 03:40. Containers with petroleum products were targeted. The emergency services have stopped the accident.

The fire caused by the missile strikes has been contained. According to Raikovych, there are no victims. The commission will examine the damage to residential buildings around.