Russia Launches Another Major Missile Attack On Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched at the very least 60 missiles throughout Ukraine on Friday, officers mentioned, reporting explosions in at the very least 4 cities, together with Kyiv. At the least two individuals had been killed by a strike on a residential constructing in central Ukraine, the place a hunt was on for survivors.

Electrical energy and water providers had been interrupted within the capital and Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, Kharkiv. Hundreds of individuals sought shelter in subway stations deep underground through the bombardment.

The Kyiv metropolis administration mentioned Ukraine’s capital had withstood “one of the biggest rocket attacks” launched by Russian forces since they invaded Ukraine almost 10 months in the past. The administration mentioned Ukrainian air protection forces shot down 37 of “about 40” that entered town’s airspace. One particular person was injured, it mentioned.

Thudding blasts and gunfire from air-defense methods echoed throughout the nation as authorities on social media reported explosions and missile strikes within the metropolis and southern Kryvyi Rih, southeastern Zaporizhzhia, and northeastern Kharkiv. Air raid alarms sounded throughout the nation, warning of a brand new barrage of the Russian strikes which have occurred intermittently since mid-October.

Ukrainian Air Drive spokesman Yurii Inhat instructed Ukrainian TV that greater than 60 missiles had been fired, however it wasn’t instantly clear what number of missiles the Ukrainian military managed to intercept.

Ihnat mentioned Russian forces had fired cruise missiles from positions within the Black Sea, and used bomber plane as a part of an effort to “massively distract the attention of the anti-aircraft defense, keeping it in tension.”

On the web site of 1 tried strike in Kyiv, navy commanders instructed The Related Press that town’s territorial protection cellular group had unexpectedly — nearly unbelievably — shot down a cruise missile with a machine gun.

“Almost impossible to hit a missile with a machine gun, but it was done,” mentioned a commander who goes by the decision signal “Hera.”

Folks relaxation in a subway station getting used as a bomb shelter throughout a rocket assault in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Dec. 16, 2022.

Another commander, a navy submit chief named “Yevhen,” mentioned the machine gunner who intercepted the missile. “reacted quickly” and fired, and inexperienced sparks flew from the rocket because it started to spin and tumble to the bottom.

A day earlier, Russia’s International Ministry warned that if america delivers subtle Patriot air protection methods to Ukraine, such methods and any crews that accompany them would even be a reputable goal for the Russian navy. Washington rejected that risk.

Analysts have mentioned Russian strikes focusing on vitality infrastructure have been a part of a brand new technique to attempt to freeze Ukrainians into submission after current battlefield losses by Russian forces. Officers and consultants say that has solely strengthened the resolve of Ukrainians to resist Russia’s invasion, whereas Moscow tries to purchase time for a attainable offensive in coming months after the present battlefield stalemate.

In Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown, a missile slammed right into a four-story residential constructing and left a gaping gap in its higher flooring, with rubble spilling onto the bottom. Two individuals had been killed and at the very least eight others had been injured, together with three youngsters, regional Gov. Valentyn Reznichenko mentioned.

Rescue groups had been combining by means of the particles in a hunt for survivors or different victims.

The southeastern metropolis of Zaporizhzhia was struck by about 15 Russian missiles, regional Gov. Oleksandr Starukh mentioned. He didn’t specify the precise location of the strikes, however mentioned infrastructure had been broken.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov mentioned on Telegram that town was with out electrical energy. Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Syniehubov reported three strikes on town’s vital infrastructure. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in at the very least 4 districts and urged residents to go to shelters.

“The attack on the capital continues,” he wrote on the social media app. Subway providers within the capital had been suspended, he mentioned, as metropolis residents flocked inside its tunnels to hunt shelter.

Ukrzaliznytsia, the nationwide railway operator, mentioned energy was out in various stations within the japanese and central Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk areas, as a result of injury to the vitality infrastructure. However trains continued to run by switching from electrical energy to steam-engine energy, which had been readied as a backup.

In neighboring Moldova, the state-owned vitality firm Moldelectrica reported disruptions to its electrical energy community because of Russia’s strikes on Ukraine, and warned of a “high risk” of energy outages.

Moldova — whose Soviet-era methods stay interconnected with Ukraine’s — has already suffered two huge blackouts in current months as Russia attacked Ukraine’s vitality grid.

The earlier such spherical of huge Russian air strikes throughout the nation befell on Dec. 5. Ukrainian authorities have reported some successes in intercepting and downing incoming missiles, rockets and armed drones.

Evgeniy Maloletka in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, and Stephen McGrath in Sighisoara, Romania, contributed to this report.

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