Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Ukraine: At least 5 killed after Russian missile barrage in Ukraine – Usky News

KyivRussia fired a missile barrage targeting energy infrastructure in Ukraine early Thursday, hitting residential buildings and killing at least five people, officials said.
Lviv Governor Maxim Kozyatsky said four people were killed in a missile attack on a residential area in the Lviv region. He said three buildings were destroyed in the fire that followed the strike, and rescue workers were searching the rubble for more possible victims.
Governor Serhiy Lysak said a fifth person was killed and two others wounded in several attacks in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Air raid sirens rang out throughout Ukraine throughout the night, including in the capital Kiev, where explosions rocked two western neighborhoods of the city. Defense systems were activated across the country, and it was unclear how many missiles hit the targets or were intercepted.
The city’s administration said Kiev was attacked with both missiles and exploding drones and many were intercepted but its energy infrastructure was damaged.
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said explosions were reported in the city’s Holosivskyi district, and that two people were also injured and cars were set on fire in the Svyatoshinsky district west of the city.
Smoke could be seen rising from a facility in the Holosievsky district and police had closed all roads leading to it.
The alarm in Kiev was lifted shortly before 8 a.m., and the air raid sirens fell silent after some seven hours.
Russia stepped up its advance on Ukraine’s eastern stronghold of Bakhmut, where a missile barrage hit where the two sides have been fighting for six months and has turned the town into a smoldering wasteland.
This came hours after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Kiev for talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky on extending an agreement that allows Ukraine to ship grain through its Black Sea ports and to export food and fertilizer to Russia.
Private power operator DTEK said three of its power stations were affected. There were no casualties, but the company said equipment was severely damaged.
15 missiles fired in eastern Ukraine Kharkiv According to Kharkiv Gov. Oleh Sinihubov, and the outlying northeastern region, residential buildings are being hit. He promised not to reveal more details about the scale of damage or casualties in Ukraine’s second-largest city.
“Critical infrastructure facilities are again the target of occupiers,” he said in a Telegram post.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported on Telegram that there were “power problems” in some parts of the city.
Odesa’s governor, Maxim Marchenko, said the attacks in his southern region damaged residential buildings and damaged several power lines. He said six missiles and a drone were shot down.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, captured by the Russian military, lost power as a result of missile attacks, according to the Nuclear State Operator Energoatom,
Energoatom said it was the sixth time the plant had suffered a blackout since it was taken over by Russia months ago, forcing it to rely on 18 diesel generators, which can run the station for 10 days . Nuclear plants require constant power to run cooling systems and avoid meltdowns.
“The countdown has begun,” said Energoatom.
Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko condemned the missile strikes as “another barbaric attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure,” in a Facebook post that hit Kiev, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk and Zhytomyr regions. Features were targeted in
Ukrainian Railways reported power cuts in some areas, with 15 trains being delayed for up to an hour.
Supplier DTEK said preventive emergency power cuts had been implemented in the Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Odessa regions. Klitschko said that 40% of consumers in Kiev were without heating due to emergency power cuts. He said that the water supply is disrupted.
More explosions were reported in the northern city of Chernihiv and the western Lviv region, as well as in the cities of Dnipro, Lutsk and Rivne. Ukrainian media also report explosions in the western regions of Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil.
Russia has been launching massive missile attacks on Ukraine since last October. Initially, barrages targeting the country’s energy infrastructure weekly plunged entire cities into darkness, but became more diffuse over time, leading commentators to speculate that Moscow was saving ammunition.
The last heavy barrage took place on 16 February.


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