In an apparent response to a Ukrainian attack on its Black Sea Fleet over the weekend, a large number of Russian strikes hit critical infrastructure in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities.
Loud explosions were heard in the early morning in the Ukrainian capital as people prepared to go to work. Air raid sirens wailed for three straight hours after some of them received text messages from the emergency services.
The Mayor of the city said large areas of the city were cut off from water and power. A damaged energy facility that supplies power to 350,000 apartments in the capital is being restored, he said.
According to the authorities, two strikes hit critical infrastructure facilities, and the subway stopped operating. There was a warning about possible power cuts in the city of Zaporizhzhia because of the strikes there.
In the Cherkasy region southeast of Kyiv, critical infrastructure objects were hit, as well as in other regions of Ukraine. According to local authorities, the energy facility in the Kirovohrad region of central Ukraine was hit. Serhii Borzov, the regional governor, said that a missile that was shot down landed on civilian buildings, causing damage but no casualties.
The Ukrainian Railways reported that parts of the railways were cut off from the power grid.
Two days after Russia accused Ukraine of a drone attack against its Black Sea Fleet off the coast of the annexed Crimean Peninsula, another attack took place. Russia mishandled its own weapons, but still halted its participation in a U.N. brokered deal to allow safe passage of ships carrying grain from Ukraine, even though it denied the attack.
The head of Ukraine’s presidential office commented on Monday’s attacks, saying that Russian forces “continue to fight with civilian facilities.
Generations of Russians will pay a high price for their disgrace, and we will keep on fighting.
It is the second time this month that Russia has unleashed a massive bombardment of strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure. The war-torn country was hit by a similar attack on Oct. 10, after an explosion on the Kerch Bridge linking Moscow annexed to mainland Russia. “Russian terrorists once again launched a massive strike on energy facilities in a number of Ukrainian regions,” said Tymoshenko, who is also the deputy head of the presidential office.