Russia launched “around” 100 missiles at Ukraine on Tuesday, targeting a number of key energy infrastructures in several regions, confirmed a spokesman for the Ukrainian air force.
“About 100 missiles were launched from the Caspian Sea, from the (Russian) Rostov region” and also “from the Black Sea,” said Yury Ignat. in an interview in live on Ukrainian television.
Explosions and power outages
Interestingly, the Ukrainian capital and other cities were targeted by Russian bombings on Tuesday, just days after the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson in the south of the country.
And the sirens sounded in all of Ukraine just before 15:30 (13:30 GMT). A few minutes later, explosions were heard in Kiev, Lviv (west) and Kharkiv (northeast).
After the air strikes, the electricity was cut off in many areas, according to the Ukrainian authorities.
“Attack on the capital”
For his part, the mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschko, said in a statement on social that “there is an attack on the capital. According to the prime information, two apartment buildings were hit in the Pechersk region. Many missiles were dropped from aerial anti-missiles over Kiev. There are first responders and lifeguards at the site of the air strikes. “.
He later added that “at least” half of Kiev’s population is currently without electricity, noting that “rescuers have found a body”.
The situation of the electricity grid is “critical”
For his part, the deputy head of the President’s office Kirilo Tymoshenko said in an Internet statement that the missiles were launched by Russian forces, adding that the electricity grid situation was “critical” after the bombing targeted it.
Soon, the mayors of Lviv and Kharkiv announced that the two cities had been bombed. “Explosions are heard in Lviv. I ask everyone to stay safe!” Lviv mayor Andrei Sadovyi said on Telegram, noting that “part of the city (was) without electricity”.
In turn, Mayor Igor Terekhov revealed that “a missile attack targeted the Industrialnyi district of Kharkiv”.
Interestingly, these Russian missile attacks arrived today as fighting continues in the east between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
It also came days after the retreat from Kherson in the south, in a painful blow to the Russian forces, especially since that city was the first major Ukrainian region to fall into the hands of the Russians.
However, despite the Ukrainian advance southwards, many observers do not believe that further progress will be easy for Kiev, considering that the status quo or stagnation on the fronts could last for months.
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