Russia has unleashed a huge missile barrage across Ukraine, targeting energy infrastructure and homes in Kharkiv, Odesa and the capital Kyiv. Air raid sirens wailed for hours across the country in the first attack on such a scale since the first anniversary of Russia‘s invasion.
In eastern Ukraine, 15 missiles rained down on Kharkiv and the outlying northeastern region, hitting residential buildings, according to Governor Oleh Syniehubov.
He said in a Telegram post: “Objects of critical infrastructure is again in the crosshairs of the occupants.”
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram there were “problems with electricity” in some parts of the city.
The governor of the southern Odesa region, Maksym Marchenko, also reported strikes on Odesa, saying energy facilities and residential buildings were hit. Mr Marchenko has warned people to stay in shelters.
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is occupied by Russian forces, lost power as a result of the missile attacks, according to nuclear state operator Energoatom.
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‘Barbaric’ attack as Russia targets critical infrastructure
Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko has condemned the missile strikes as “another barbaric massive attack on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine,” saying in a Facebook post that facilities in Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk and Zhytomyr regions had been targeted.
Ukrainian Railways reported power outages in certain areas, with 15 trains delayed up to an hour.
Preventive emergency power cuts were applied in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Odesa regions, supplier DTEK said. Klitschko said 40 percent of consumers in Kyiv were without heating because of the emergency power cuts. Water supplies were uninterrupted, he said.
More explosions were reported in the northern city of Chernihiv and the western Lviv region, as well as in the cities of Dnipro, Lutsk and Rivne. Ukrainian media also report explosions in the western regions of Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil.
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