Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – Ukraine’s capital was targeted in one of the largest attacks so far in the war, when Russian forces fired dozens of missiles across the country on Friday, causing widespread blackouts, Ukrainian officials said. Told. ,
Explosions mixed with gunfire from anti-aircraft systems and the sound of air-raid sirens as the Russian offensive targeted critical infrastructure in several cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Krivoy Rog and Zaporizhia. The chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said they intercepted 60 of the 76 missiles launched by Moscow.
“My beautiful sun. What am I going to do without you?” Svetlana Andrychuk cried in the arms of Red Cross personnel. His sister Olha was one of three people killed when a missile hit a four-story apartment in Krivoy Rog.
“She was very happy in life. She was a beauty. She helped everyone. She gave advice to everyone. How I love you, ”said Andrechuk.
In Kyiv, councilor Ksenia Semenova said 60% of residents were without electricity on Friday night, and 70% had no water. He said the metro was out of service and was unlikely to be back in service till Saturday.
Russia has intermittently struck power and water distribution systems since mid-October, adding to the suffering of the population as winter approaches. But Ukrainian military forces have reported increasing success in shooting down explosive rockets and drones.
Friday’s attacks came after the United States agreed this week to deliver a battery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine to bolster the country’s defense. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday that the state-of-the-art system and any personnel accompanying it would be legitimate targets for the Russian military.
Washington last month also pledged to send $53 million worth of equipment to Ukraine to help it resist attacks on its energy infrastructure. John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Friday that the first shipment of that aid has already arrived in the country.
More than half of the Russian missiles launched on Friday were aimed at Ukraine’s capital. The municipal government said Kyiv had suffered “one of the heaviest rocket attacks” it has faced since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly 10 months ago. It said Ukrainian air defense shot down 37 of the approximately 40 missiles that entered the city’s airspace, and injured one person.
Ukraine’s air force said Russian forces fired cruise missiles from the Admiral Makarov frigate in the Black Sea, while Tu-22M3 long-range bombers fired Kh-22 cruise missiles over the Sea of Azov and strategic aircraft fired guided missiles.
In Krivoy Rog, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelensky in central Ukraine, an apartment building hit by a missile left a large hole in the upper floors. Igor Karelin, deputy director of the city’s emergency services, said that in addition to the three people who lost their lives, at least 13 others were hospitalized.
Rescuers with dogs have been combing through the rubble in search of the missing woman and her 18-month-old son.
Meanwhile, in Krivoy Rog, about 600 miners were trapped underground by missile attacks, but were later rescued, Mayor Aleksandr Vilkul reported on state television.
He added that “many energy infrastructure facilities were completely destroyed.”
Ukrainergo, the state-owned company that operates the grid, wrote on Facebook that Friday’s attack was the “ninth wave of missile attacks against power facilities” and that because of the repeated damage, “restoring power took more time than ever.” It may take time.” ,