Ukraine claims that more than 50 Russian missile launches have been made towards key infrastructure in Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, resulting in power and water disruptions. In Kyiv, there were reportedly two explosions. A local informed that his neighbourhood lacked electricity. Energy plants were affected in Kharkiv, a city in the northeast.
Russia accused #Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on its #BlackSea Fleet in the annexation of Crimea, prompting the strikes. Additionally, reports of missile strikes on Monday morning came from Lviv in western Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia in the south-east, and the central Vinnytsia region. There are also reports of damage to a facility at the Dnipro hydroelectric power plant in the Zaporizhzhia region.
A plant in #Kyiv that supplies electricity to 350,000 residences was destroyed, and engineers were quickly dispatched to repair the supply. If there were any casualties, it was not immediately known. Fearing additional strikes, locals in the targeted areas were asked to remain in shelters.
According to Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia utilised its strategic bombers to execute their “massive” strikes. Following the launch of more than 50 cruise missiles on Monday morning, the Ukrainian military later reported that 44 of them had been destroyed. Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, claimed that “Russia fights civilians rather than on the battlefield.”
Before the chilly winter months, Russia has reportedly destroyed about a third of Ukraine’s power plants and other energy-generating facilities in a series of lethal missile and drone operations in recent weeks. Targeting civilian infrastructure, according to Ukraine and its Western backers, constitutes war crimes. As of yet, Russia has not responded publicly to the alleged most recent strikes.
According to the Russian defence ministry, a drone attack on a Russian warship on Saturday in the port city of Sevastopol resulted in damage. Additionally, it claimed that British experts had taught the Ukrainian forces who later participated in the strikes in Crimea, the southernmost peninsula of Ukraine that Russia invaded in 2014. Moscow made no statements that were supported by any evidence. While the UK defence ministry claimed that Russia was “peddling false accusations on an epic scale,” Ukraine has not commented on the matter.
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