Direct Russo-Ukrainian war: Russia launches a mass missile attack on Ukraine, causing a power outage

Russians rained down on Ukraine causing a power outage

The second mass airstrike in as many days has been launched by Russia across Ukraine with a barrage of rockets fired at several areas across the country.

The aim of the mass offensive, authorities said, appeared to be to destroy Ukraine's power grid in the hopes that damaging Ukraine's rear would allow Russia to gain an advantage on the battlefield.

In the capital, Kyiv, explosions were heard in the southwest district of Holosiivkyi, on the right bank of Ukraine, as well as the eastern districts of Dniprovskyi and Desnyanskyi, according to Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. It was not immediately clear whether the rockets hit their targets or the sound came from Ukrainian air defenses.

So far an attack has been reported in the southern town of Kryvih Rih, where a residential building, not an energy facility, was hit. The deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshehnko, said there were likely victims under the rubble and that emergency services were on the scene.

Elsewhere, in eastern and central Ukraine's Kharkiv and Poltava regions, authorities have reported power outages. The governor of Kharkiv, Syniehubov, confirmed that energy infrastructure had been hit and Ukraine's public broadcaster Suspilne said there was a power outage in the region. Neighboring Polatava is without power, according to the mayor of the city of Poltava, Oleksandr Fedoryuk.

The sound of air defense was also heard in the Dnipro, Ternipol, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Kivrohrad, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi and Vinnytsia regions.

On Wednesday, Russia launched 13 Iranian-supplied drones over the city of Kyiv and the Kyiv region, according to the Ukrainian air force. Ukrainian air defense forces said they shot down all 13 aircraft. No casualties were reported, although some buildings were damaged by the falling drone debris.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the Guardian on Thursday that Ukraine won the air war, thanks to its air defense forces honing their skills and equipment over the last nine months. He said that the efficiency of Ukraine's air defense forces had increased from 50% to 80% since the start of the war.

A senior Ukrainian presidential official said on Friday that an emergency power outage was imposed across the country after Russian missiles hit energy facilities in several areas.

Russia launched dozens of missiles into Ukraine, the latest in a wave of attacks on critical infrastructure.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office, did not say which facilities were hit.

Two people were killed and five others injured including two children after a rocket hit a residential building in Kryvyi Rih, the head of the Dnipro region, Valentyn Reznichenko said on his Telegram.

The injured were treated in hospital. The building's entrance was destroyed in the attack, he added.

Energy infrastructure has been damaged in Kyiv by a mass rocket attack Friday morning, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Authorities have not yet determined what was hit or the extent of the damage.

Ukrainian energy company DTEK said an emergency power outage would be imposed in Kyiv because of the missile strike.

Water supply was disrupted in every district of Kyiv city due to damaged energy infrastructure, Kyiv's mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, said on Telegram. 

Russians rained down on Ukraine causing a power outage

The second mass airstrike in as many days has been launched by Russia across Ukraine with a barrage of rockets fired at several areas across the country.

The aim of the mass offensive, authorities said, appeared to be to destroy Ukraine's power grid in the hopes that damaging Ukraine's rear would allow Russia to gain an advantage on the battlefield.

In the capital, Kyiv, explosions were heard in the southwest district of Holosiivkyi, on the right bank of Ukraine, as well as the eastern districts of Dniprovskyi and Desnyanskyi, according to Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. It was not immediately clear whether the rockets hit their targets or the sound came from Ukrainian air defenses.

So far an attack has been reported in the southern town of Kryvih Rih, where a residential building, not an energy facility, was hit. The deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshehnko, said there were likely victims under the rubble and that emergency services were on the scene.

Elsewhere, in eastern and central Ukraine's Kharkiv and Poltava regions, authorities have reported power outages. The governor of Kharkiv, Syniehubov, confirmed that energy infrastructure had been hit and Ukraine's public broadcaster Suspilne said there was a power outage in the region. Neighboring Polatava is without power, according to the mayor of the city of Poltava, Oleksandr Fedoryuk.

The sound of air defense was also heard in the Dnipro, Ternipol, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Kivrohrad, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi and Vinnytsia regions.

On Wednesday, Russia launched 13 Iranian-supplied drones over the city of Kyiv and the Kyiv region, according to the Ukrainian air force. Ukrainian air defense forces said they shot down all 13 aircraft. No casualties were reported, although some buildings were damaged by the falling drone debris.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the Guardian on Thursday that Ukraine won the air war, thanks to its air defense forces honing their skills and equipment over the last nine months. He said that the efficiency of Ukraine's air defense forces had increased from 50% to 80% since the start of the war.

EU countries will have to buy weapons together to replenish stockpiles after supplying Ukraine, the bloc's defense agency said, warning the United States may not always be able to protect Europe from threats.

"Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine exposed our lack of capabilities," said Jiri Sedivy, chief executive of the European Defense Agency, an EU agency that helps the bloc's governments develop their military capabilities.

The agency is in talks with European arms companies about increasing production, he said, as well as with countries about getting together to buy equipment and ammunition, Reuters reported.

"What matters is that we can, the European Union, be a credible security provider in protecting citizens," he told Reuters, urging countries to heed US calls to invest in defense.

“The United States will inevitably be involved in the Asia Pacific and may be unable to provide some critical supports such as strategic airlift, reconnaissance aircraft, precision guided missiles and air defense.”

He also pointed to the threat of terrorism and failed states in the Middle East or North Africa.

Mayor of Poltava city, Oleksandr Mamai said the Poltava area was without electricity, indicating that Russia hit the energy infrastructure in the area.

In Kryvyi Rih, a residential building was hit and there may be victims under the rubble, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration, said on Telegram.

In Kyiv, explosions were heard in the southwest Holosiivskyi district as well as the eastern Desnyanskyi and Dniprovskyi districts on the left bank. No casualties have been reported so far.

One rocket was shot down near Bucha in the Kyiv region, according to Bucha mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk.

Important infrastructure in Ukraine was hit by a Russian missile attack

Russia launched a new barrage of missiles at Ukraine on Friday and air defense systems began operating across the country, Ukrainian officials said.

Explosions were heard in the eastern city of Kharkiv and local officials said critical infrastructure had been damaged. Local officials in the Odesa Black Sea region say critical infrastructure has also been affected there.

Reuters witnesses heard an explosion in the capital Kyiv. It is not yet clear whether any were caused by the missile penetrating the air defenses.

There was no immediate word on casualties and it was unclear what critical infrastructure was affected.

The governor of the northern region of Sumy said there was a power outage in his area because of Friday's missile attack. This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 


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