Russia launched a widespread missile attack on various cities in Ukraine on Thursday morning, primarily targeting energy infrastructure facilities. It was the first large-scale attack in three weeks. Despite reports of residential buildings being hit, Ukrainian officials have yet to confirm any casualties.
Explosions and the sound of air raid sirens shook Ukraine, particularly the capital city of Kyiv, several hours after Russia launched a massive missile attack.
The extent of the missile damage in Kyiv is still unknown, and it is unclear whether the sounds heard were from missiles intercepted by defense systems. In response to the attack, multiple regions in Ukraine activated their defense systems.
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, reported that explosions had occurred in the Holosiivskyi district and that emergency services were on the way to the scene.
15 missiles struck Kharkiv and its surrounding northeastern region in eastern Ukraine, causing damage to residential buildings. More information about the extent of the damage and any casualties in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, will be released soon, according to the governor of Kharkiv, Oleh Syniehubov.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov announced on Telegram that there were power outages in some areas of the city.
Maksym Marchenko, the governor of the southern Odesa region, confirmed the attacks on Odesa.
“The second wave is predicted right now, so I urge people who live nearby to remain in shelters!” Marchenko communicated via Telegram.
As a result of the missile attack in Ukraine, Ukrainian Railways reported power outages in some areas, causing five trains to be delayed for more than an hour and ten trains to be delayed for more than 30 minutes. DTEK, the supplier, also implemented preventive power cuts in the Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, and Odesa regions. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, stated that emergency power outages had affected approximately 15% of the capital city’s energy consumers.
Massive explosions were heard across Ukraine, including Lviv in the west, Chernihiv in the north, and Dnipro, Lutsk, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Ternopil in the east. Russia has been launching massive missile attacks on Ukraine since October of the previous year. Initially, these attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure occurred every week, causing power outages in entire cities, but they have since become more occasional, prompting some to speculate that Moscow is stocking up on ammunition. Earlier on February 16th, a large-scale missile attack occurred.
The war between the 2 nations is raging since February 2022 when Russia launched their attack, it is a concerning situation around the region and also for the world as whole. The world is hoping that sooner than later a peaceful solution can be reached and this war can be brought to a complete halt.
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