Sunday, January 29, 2023

Russia launches massive barrage of missiles across Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – Several regions of Ukraine, including its capital, came under a massive onslaught by Russian missiles on Thursday, the biggest assault in weeks targeting power plants and other vital facilities during the frost. Was.

Air raid sirens echoed across the country. Ukraine’s military chief of staff, General Valery Zaluzny, said that preliminary reports showed that Russia fired 69 missiles at the electrical installations and that Ukrainian forces intercepted and shot down 54 of them. Several people were injured, although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The Ukrainian air force said Russia sent explosive drones to selected areas overnight before expanding the barrage with “air and sea-based cruise missiles launched from strategic aircraft and ships”.

The widespread attack was the latest in a series of Russian attacks on electricity and water supplies, which have added to the suffering of the Ukrainian population. Moscow has launched such attacks on an almost weekly basis since October as its ground forces struggle to hold their ground and advance.

According to the regional government, air defense systems were activated to repel an ongoing missile attack on Kyiv. Explosions can be heard in the city. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko warned on Thursday that blackouts could happen in the capital and asked people to store water and charge their electronic devices.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at least three people were injured and hospitalized, including a 14-year-old girl. He warned of blackouts in the capital and asked people to store water and charge their electronic devices.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba condemned Russia for launching the missiles during the winter holiday, calling it an act of “senseless vandalism”.

“There can be no ‘neutrality’ in the face of war crimes on such a large scale. Pretending to be ‘neutral’ is tantamount to taking sides with Russia,” Kuleba tweeted.

After more than 10 months at war, Russia and Ukraine are locked in a bitter war of attrition. The Ukrainian military has liberated Russian-occupied territories in the north-east and south of the country, and continues to resist Russia’s continued attempts to seize the entire Donbass industrial region in the east.

At the same time, Moscow systematically attacked Ukraine’s power facilities and other key infrastructure works in an attempt to weaken the country’s resolve and force it to negotiate on Russian terms. However, the time between attacks has increased in recent weeks, leading some commentators to theorize that Russia is trying to control its missiles.

Although the Ukrainian military reported success in shooting down Russian missiles and exploding drones after earlier attacks, few hit their targets. Most cities have been left without heat, internet and power for hours or days at a time.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Schimel said that several power facilities had been damaged in what was the 10th large-scale attack of its kind in his country.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said several explosions had been reported in Ukraine’s second most populous city. Explosions were also heard in the city of Lviv, near the Polish border, according to Mayor Andrey Sadovy.

The governor of Russia’s Saratov region, Roman Busargin, said Russian air defense shot down an “unidentified object” near the city of Engels, where there is a Russian airbase that serves as a main hub for nuclear-capable strategic firepower. . missile against ukraine

The Russian military said the Engels base had been attacked by Ukrainian drones twice this month, most recently on Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said three soldiers were killed by fragments of a downed Ukrainian drone.

Ukrainian officials have been vague about the attacks on Russian soil and have shied away from claiming responsibility.

Earlier this month, the United States agreed to deliver a battery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine to bolster the country’s defense. The United States and other allies have also pledged to provide Ukraine with energy-related equipment to help it resist attacks on its infrastructure.

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