Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian officials on Monday morning reported a massive barrage by Russian strikes on critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities.
As a result, part of the Ukrainian capital was cut off from the electricity and water supply, said Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Officials also reported possible power outages in the cities of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia as a result of the strikes that hit critical infrastructure 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.
In Kharkiv, the metro stopped operating. 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.
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.
Kyiv Mayor Klitschko said Monday authorities are working to restore a damaged power plant that supplies electricity to 350,000 apartments in Kyiv.
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”.
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