Russian missile strikes pound Ukraine, knocking out power and putting entire country under air-raid alarm

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Kyiv, Ukraine
CNN

A new barrage of Russian missile strikes in Ukraine on Friday morning put the entire country under air raid alert and caused people to seek shelter as explosions rang overhead, with strikes hitting critical infrastructure and knocking out power.

“The enemy is attacking Ukraine en masse. Increased danger. Stay in shelters,” Oleksiy Kuleba, the head of Kyiv’s regional military administration, wrote on the Telegram messaging app, asking residents not to ignore the alarm.

Russia’s continued and pervasive attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid have left millions of citizens without electricity, heating, water and other critical services, at least temporarily, during the frigid winter months. Repeated missile and drone strikes since October, which have damaged or destroyed civilian infrastructure, are part of a Kremlin strategy to terrorize Ukrainians and, according to experts, violate the laws of war.

Ukraine’s energy company Ukrenergo said on Friday that more than 50% of the country’s unified energy capacity has been lost due to Russian attacks on thermal and hydropower plants and substations, triggering “emergency mode.”

Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been explosions in the city and three districts had been hit by the rocket attack, disrupting the water supply in the capital. He suggested that residents prepare a supply of drinking water while technicians work to restore the supply and not leave shelters as the attacks continue.

Residents bundled up in winter coats, hats and scarves gathered in Kiev metro stations as sirens blared. Huddled on escalators, their faces were lit up by their phones as they scrolled through updates.

A photo shared by authorities in the Kiev region showed the fragments of a missile in the snow, which the air defense system said had been shot down. The military administration of the city of Kiev claimed that 37 of the 40 rockets aimed at the capital had been intercepted.

Regional and city authorities across the country reported that explosions and rocket attacks hit civilian infrastructure and resulted in several deaths.

In the central city of Kryvyi Rih, officials said a Russian missile had hit a three-story residential building, killing at least two people and that emergency services were digging through the wreckage. “Perhaps there are people under the rubble,” said deputy head of the presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

A residential building damaged by a Russian missile in Kryvyi Rih.

According to Oleh Syniehubov, head of the regional military administration, at least ten rockets hit several targets in the Kharkiv region, in the north, damaging energy facilities and a hospital. There was no electricity in the city of Kharkov and public transport was also at a standstill. “There is massive damage to the infrastructure,” said Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov, instructing residents to use so-called “invincibility points” – makeshift centers that provide assistance in the event of power outages, to collect food and hot drinks and mobile phones to charge.

According to Oleksandr Starukh, head of the regional military administration, the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia was hit by more than a dozen rocket attacks, but it was unclear what the target was.

Parts of Ukraine’s railway system in the Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions were without power following the strikes, and backup diesel locomotives replaced some services. Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said power supplies in the east and south were damaged and warned of more emergency power outages.

Police and detectives inspect a crater at an industrial estate site destroyed by a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv.

Oleksandr Kharchenko, director of the Energy Industry Research Center, a Ukrainian research and consultancy firm, said on Ukrainian TV that power cuts had been rolled out prior to the strikes as a preventative measure to protect the power grid from blackouts. He added that despite this, the result of the attacks on Friday morning would be “unpleasant”.

“Unfortunately, we are already seeing them (the Russians) attacking the power plants again, trying to shut down our nuclear and thermal plants, to damage additional key energy hubs and to target their attacks at these facilities,” Kharchenko said. “I urge the Ukrainians to understand that the situation is difficult, I urge them to be as prepared as possible for the fact that there will be no quick improvement in the situation with electricity.”

Ukraine’s air force said Russia hit the country with at least 60 missiles, launching cruise missiles from its fleet in the Black Sea and, for the first time, from Tu-95 strategic bombers at the English Air Force base, on the Volga River in southern Ukraine. Russia. Russia. The base, which is home to Russia’s long-range nuclear-capable bombers, was the target of a drone strike last week, according to the Kremlin, which left two planes slightly damaged.

“The enemy wanted to massively divert the attention of air defenses,” said Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat.

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