Russian strike barrage hits vital Ukrainian infrastructure | business news

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – A massive barrage by Russian strikes Monday morning hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities in apparent retaliation for an alleged Ukrainian attack on its Black Sea Fleet over the weekend.

Loud explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital early in the morning as residents prepared to go to work. Some of them received text messages from the emergency services about the threat of a missile attack, and air raid sirens wailed for three hours.

As a result, large parts of the city are cut off from the electricity and water supply, said Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Local authorities were working to restore a damaged power plant that supplies electricity to 350,000 homes in the capital, he said.

In the outskirts, authorities warned people to prepare for a long power outage because of the emergency shutdowns. The governor of the Kyiv region, Oleksii Kuleba, also said that one person was wounded and a number of houses were damaged as a result of this morning’s attack.

In Kharkiv, according to the authorities, two strikes hit critical infrastructure facilities and the subway stopped operating. Officials also warned of possible power outages in the city of Zaporizhia as a result of the strikes there.

Critical infrastructure objects were also hit in the Cherkasy region, south-east of Kyiv, and explosions were reported from other regions of Ukraine. In the Kirovohrad region in central Ukraine, the power plant was hit, according to local authorities. In Vinnytsia, a launched missile landed on civilian buildings, causing damage but no casualties, according to regional governor Serhii Borzov.

Some parts of Ukraine’s railways were also cut off from power supply, Ukraine Railways reported.

The attack comes two days after Russia accused Ukraine of a drone strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet off the coast of the annexed Crimea peninsula. Ukraine has denied the attack and said Russia mishandled its own weapons, but Moscow nevertheless announced it would end its participation in a UN-brokered deal on the safe passage of ships carrying grain from Ukraine.

Commenting on Monday’s attacks, the head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak, said Russian forces “continue to fight with civilian installations.”

“We will persevere and generations of Russians will pay a heavy price for their shame,” Yermak said.

Deputy head of the presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said urgent power cuts were being carried out after “Russian terrorists launched another massive attack on power plants in a number of Ukrainian regions”.

It is the second time this month that Russia has unleashed a massive spate of strikes against Ukraine’s infrastructure. On October 10, a similar attack rocked the war-torn country after an explosion on the Kerch Bridge, which linked annexed Crimea to mainland Russia – an incident Moscow blamed on Kyiv.

This time, however, Ukrainian forces say they were able to intercept most of the missiles launched by Russia.

The Ukrainian Air Force said more than 50 X-101/X-555 cruise missiles were fired from Tu-95/Tu-160 strategic aviation missile carrier aircraft from the north of the Caspian Sea and from the area around the Russian city of Volgodonsk in the Rostov region. A total of 44 of them were shot down.

The Russian military has not yet commented on the attack.

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