The Ukrainian authorities have reported on Monday a new wave of Russian missile attacks, which has left several victims and has once again caused blackouts throughout the country.
Anti-aircraft alerts have sounded throughout the country and the authorities have asked the population to take refuge. “The enemy attacks the territory of Ukraine again with missiles!” Kirill Timoshenko, deputy head of the office of the Ukrainian president, wrote on Telegram.RELATED
As reported by Timoshenko, in the village of Novosofiivka, in the southern region of Zaporizhia, several houses have been destroyed, and at least two people have died and three have been injured, including a small child, aged one year and ten months.
It has also indicated that two infrastructure facilities have been damaged as a result of the Russian attack in the Odessa region. One person is hospitalized. The local water supply company has said that the missile attack has left the entire city of Odessa without water.
Local media have reported that explosions have taken place in various parts of the country, including Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih.
In a video, the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, has reported that the air defense forces have shot down most of the missiles. According to the air command of the Ukrainian armed forces, they have shot down “more than 60 of the more than 70 missiles” launched by Russia.
“Russia has fired another barrage of missiles at our critical civilian infrastructure trying to deprive the population of electricity, water and heating amid sub-zero temperatures,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said on Twitter.
The operator of the electricity distribution network Ukrenergo has confirmed on Facebook that the attacks have reached energy infrastructure facilities, causing blackouts in the country. According to Ukrenergo, this is Russia’s eighth “massive” missile attack on the country.
As happened last November, there are power outages in neighboring Moldova, the country’s national power company, Moldelectrica, has reported.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement in the afternoon that at around 3:00 p.m. (Moscow time) its forces attacked “the command and control system and related facilities of the defense complex, communication nodes, power plants and military units of Ukraine” with “high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons.” “The target of the attack has been reached. All 17 designated targets were hit.”
Explosions at Russian airbases
This Monday morning, the Russian media have reported two explosions at air bases in Russia. In the afternoon, the Russian Ministry of Defense accused Kiev of “trying to attack” with “Soviet-made” drones the military airfields of Dyagilevo, in the Ryazan region (about 200 kilometers from Moscow), and Engels, in the Saratov region, “in an attempt to disable long-range Russian aircraft.”
“Russian air defense forces intercepted the Ukrainian UAVs when they were flying at low altitude. The crash and the explosion of the wreckage at the Russian airfields caused minor damage to the hull armor of the two aircraft,” the statement said. “Three Russian maintenance personnel at the airfield suffered fatal injuries. Four other wounded soldiers were transferred to medical facilities where they received all the necessary medical attention.
The Ryazan base houses tankers that serve to refuel bombers in the air and the Engels base, Tu-95 and Tu-160 strategic bombers that have been involved in launching attacks against Ukraine, according to the Associated Press agency.
Ukraine has not spoken. Hours earlier, without acknowledging any authorship, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, had tweeted: “If you launch things into the airspace of other countries too often, sooner or later unknown flying objects will return to their place of departure.”