KYIV (Reuters) – Critical infrastructure across Ukraine was pounded by more than a dozen Russian missiles on Saturday, Ukraine’s air force said, with several regions reporting strikes on energy facilities and blackouts current.
The Ukrainian Air Force command reported that 33 missiles were fired at Ukraine on Saturday morning, and 18 of them were shot down.
Since October 10, Russia has launched a series of devastating salvos on Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure, affecting at least half of its thermal power generation and up to 40% of the entire system. .
Local authorities in regions across Ukraine reported strikes on energy installations and power outages as engineers rushed to restore the crumbling network. Some have advised residents to stock up on water in case of cuts.
After the first wave of missiles landed in the early morning, air raid sirens sounded again across the country at 11:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT).
Public grid operator Ukrenergo said the attacks targeted transmission infrastructure in western Ukraine, but electricity supply restrictions were in place in ten regions of the country, including the capital. , Kyiv.
“The scale of the damage is comparable or may exceed the consequences of the attacks (between) October 10 and 12,” Ukrenergo wrote on the Telegram app, referring to the first wave of strikes on Ukraine’s electricity system last week. last.
“A new rocket attack by terrorists who are fighting against infrastructure and civilians,” wrote the chief of staff of the Ukrainian president, Andriy Yermak, on the Telegram application.
Ukrainian forces shot down a Russian missile over the Kyiv region, local police chief Andriy Nyebytov said, posting a photo of a column of smoke rising from a forest where he said , the missile debris had landed.