KYIV, Ukraine — Russia fired roughly 100 On Tuesday, missiles were launched at targets in Ukraine, one of the largest aerial attacks since the invasion began. The blasts occurred in at least six areas, including Kyiv. This was just days after Moscow evacuated a major city to the south.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said in a video posted on Telegram that most of the strikes targeted the country’s energy systems. Fifteen pieces of energy infrastructure were damaged, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a senior official in the president’s office.
Officials in communities across the country reported power outages, and at least one person was killed in the capital, Kyiv, the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, wrote on Telegram. Witnesses said a fragment from a missile shot down by air defense had struck the person’s building.
The attacks — the largest coordinated strikes on the energy system since the star of the war, according to Ukraine’s energy minister, Herman Halushchenko — also caused explosions in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, the western city of Lviv and other cities, officials said on Telegram. In the southern city, Mykolaiv, sirens sounded as well.
Yuriy Ihnat was a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force and said that it was approximately 100 The missiles were fired in a surprise attack that outnumbered the 84 Russian rockets launched on October 10, the first day of an ongoing assault on the Ukrainian infrastructure.
But Ukraine’s air defense systems appeared to have knocked out a substantial number of the missiles, as in other recent attacks. Seventy of the missiles fired by Russia on Tuesday had been shot down, the country’s air force wrote on Twitter.
The fresh attacks followed one of Ukraine’s most triumphant moments of the war: the recapture of Kherson, a strategically important city in southern Ukraine. After Russian Last week, the forces were withdrawn. Mr. Zelensky paid an unannounced trip to the city and told residents that the moment was signaled. “the beginning of the end of the war.”
The loss of Kherson — the only provincial capital that Moscow had seized since it invaded the country in February — was a stinging blow for Russia, and prompted criticism of the Kremlin’s strategy by some of the country’s pro-war commentators.
With Ukraine steadily building momentum on the battlefield in recent months, including with an offensive in the northeast that recaptured broad swaths of territory in September, Ukrainian and Western officials have warned that Russia would step up its efforts to break Ukraine’s resolve and increasing sense of confidence.
Much of Russia’s focus has been on Ukraine’s ability to provide power to its residents as winter looms. Russian Since weeks, Ukrainian forces have been targeting infrastructure. These attacks have frequently disrupted electrical service and forced repair teams to run to keep up.
Local officials reported that there were outages in many parts of the country on Tuesday. Igor Terekhov (the mayor of Kharkiv) stated that the city workers were working to restore power following the attack. Serhiy Gamalii, the military administration in Khmelnytskyi, claimed that electrical service was also out.
The effects of the strikes even crossed Ukraine’s borders. Parts of Moldova, which is closely linked to Ukraine’s power grid, also lost service, but many localities were soon reconnected, according to a Moldovan deputy interior minister.
This week, the Ukrainian Air Force warned Moscow that it was stockpiling weapons to renew its aggressions. This is a threat to energy infrastructure which has been in decline since last month. Russian On October 10, forces launched a series devastationous attacks with drones that targeted more then 10 cities, including Kyiv.
Since then, Russia has frequently attacked Ukraine’s energy systems. Moscow blamed Ukraine for the explosion that followed at the bridge connecting the Crimean Peninsula to Russia.
Tuesday’s strikes came the same day that Mr. Zelensky addressed world leaders gathered in Bali for a meeting of the Group of 20 nations. Andriy Yermak, an advisor to Mr. Zelensky, stated that the timing It was no accident.
“Does anyone seriously think that the Kremlin really wants peace?” He wrote on Twitter. “It wants obedience. But at the end of the day, terrorists always lose.”
Matthew Mpoke Bigg Monika Pronczuk Contributed reporting