Multiple Ukrainian cities targeted as Russia unleashes biggest attacks in months


WARNING: This story accommodates the picture of a lifeless particular person

Russia unleashed a widespread and deadly barrage of strikes in opposition to a number of Ukrainian cities on Monday, smashing civilian targets, together with downtown Kyiv, and killing a minimum of 14 individuals. 

Ukraine’s Emergency Service stated practically 100 individuals had been wounded in the morning rush-hour attacks that Russia launched from the air, sea and land in opposition to a minimum of 14 areas, spanning from Lviv in the west to Kharkiv in the east. Many of the attacks occurred removed from the struggle’s entrance strains.

Though Russia stated missiles targeted navy and power amenities, some struck civilian areas whereas individuals had been heading to work and faculty. One hit a playground in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and one other struck a college.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose navy invaded neighbouring Ukraine on Feb. 24, stated the strikes had been in retaliation for what he referred to as Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions — a reference to Ukraine’s makes an attempt to repel Moscow’s invasion forces and cripple their provide strains.

The actions he referred to incorporate an assault over the weekend on a key bridge between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula, which is prized by the Kremlin.

Blasts had been reported in Kyiv’s Shevchenko district, a big space in the centre of Ukraine’s capital that features the historic previous city, as properly as a number of authorities places of work. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

The attacks on Ukraine plunged a lot of the nation right into a blackout, depriving tons of of hundreds of individuals of electrical energy into Monday evening and making a scarcity so extreme that Ukrainian authorities requested individuals to preserve and introduced they are going to cease energy exports to Europe beginning Tuesday.

Power outages additionally typically deprive residents of water, given the system’s reliance on electrical energy to run pumps and different tools.

Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated the strikes had no “sensible navy sense” and that Russia’s aim was to trigger a “humanitarian disaster.”

Putin, talking earlier in a video name with members of Russia’s Security Council, stated the Russian navy launched “precision weapons” from the air, sea and floor to focus on key power and navy command amenities.

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Close encounter with fiery shelling in Dnipro, Ukraine

A big explosion in Dnipro, Ukraine, was caught on video by a automobile’s dashcam.

Most widespread Russian attacks in months

The Russian president has been beneath intense home strain to take extra aggressive motion to cease a largely profitable Ukrainian counteroffensive and to react forcefully to Saturday’s assault on the Kerch Bridge, whose development he used to cement his 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The missile strikes marked the biggest and most widespread Russian attacks in months. Putin, whose partial mobilization order earlier this month triggered an exodus of tons of of hundreds of males of combating age from Russia, stopped in need of declaring martial legislation or a counterterrorism operation, as many had anticipated.

But the sustained barrage on main cities hit residential areas and important infrastructure amenities alike, portending a serious surge in the struggle amid a profitable Ukrainian counteroffensive in current weeks and elevating questions on how “exact” Russia’s concentrating on is.

Following the attacks, Ukraine introduced plans to halt electrical energy exports to Europe. “Today’s missile strikes, which hit the thermal technology and electrical substations, pressured Ukraine to droop electrical energy exports from Oct. 11, 2022 to stabilize its personal power system,” Ukraine’s Energy Ministry stated in an announcement on its web site.

Herman Halushchenko, Ukraine’s power minister, stated the attacks on the electrical energy system had been “the biggest throughout the whole struggle.”

Blasts in central Kyiv

The head of Ukraine’s legislation enforcement stated Monday’s attacks broken 70 infrastructure websites, of which 29 are important. Zelenskyy stated that of the 84 cruise missiles and 24 drones Russia fired, Ukrainian forces shot down 56.

Blasts struck in the capital’s Shevchenko district, a big space in the centre of Kyiv that features the historic previous city as properly as a number of authorities places of work, Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated.

Some of the strikes hit close to the federal government quarter in the symbolic coronary heart of the capital, the place parliament and different main landmarks are situated. A glass tower housing places of work was considerably broken, most of its blue-tinted home windows blown out.

A broken tower block is proven on the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv on Monday. Explosions rocked Kyiv early Monday following months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital. (Efrem Lukatsky/The Associated Press)

Residents had been seen on the streets with blood on their garments and fingers. A younger man sporting a blue jacket sat on the bottom as a medic wrapped a bandage round his head. A girl with bandages wrapped round her head had blood all around the entrance of her shirt. Several automobiles had been additionally broken or fully destroyed. Air raid sirens sounded repeatedly throughout the nation and in Kyiv.

Zelenskyy, in a video deal with, referred to the rush-hour timing of Monday’s attacks, saying Russia “selected such a time and such targets on objective to inflict probably the most injury.”

Months of calm ended

While air raid sirens have continued all through the struggle in Ukraine’s main cities throughout the nation, in Kyiv and different areas the place there have been months of calm, many Ukrainians had begun to disregard their warnings and go about their regular enterprise.

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Russian missile strikes pound Ukrainian metropolis of Zaporizhzhia

The metropolis of Zaporizhzhia has been targeted by Russian missile strikes in current days, the newest hitting properties and condo complexes. Some consider it is a response to an alleged Ukrainian assault on a strategic and politically vital bridge linking Crimea and Russia.

That modified on Monday morning. At least one of many autos struck close to the Kyiv National University gave the impression to be a commuter minibus, recognized as a “marshrutka” — a well-liked, albeit typically crowded, various to town’s bus and metro routes.

Nearby, a minimum of one strike landed in the favored Shevchenko Park, leaving a big gap close to a kids’s playground.

Lesia Vasylenko, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, posted a photograph on Twitter exhibiting that a minimum of one explosion occurred close to the primary constructing of the Kyiv National University in central Kyiv.

Elsewhere, Russia targeted civilian areas and power infrastructure as air raid sirens sounded in each area of Ukraine, besides Russia-annexed Crimea, for 4 straight hours.

Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated he spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday about getting Kyiv entry to air defence techniques and “tools to sort out electrical energy provide challenges” in the wake of Russia’s newest attacks.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s Zelenskyy additionally mentioned air defences, the Ukrainian chief stated late on Monday, calling such expertise the “primary precedence in our defence co-operation.” 

Several killed in Dnipro metropolis

Associated Press journalists in Dnipro metropolis noticed the our bodies of a number of individuals killed at an industrial web site on town’s outskirts. Windows in the realm had been blown out and glass littered the road. A telecommunications constructing was hit.

Ukrainian media additionally reported explosions in plenty of different places, together with the western metropolis of Lviv, which has been a refuge for many individuals fleeing the combating in the east, as properly as in Kharkiv, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr and Kropyvnytskyi.

The physique of a lifeless particular person lies on the bottom after Russian missile strikes in Kyiv on Monday. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

The Kerch Bridge is vital to Russia strategically, as a navy provide line to its forces in Ukraine, and symbolically, as an emblem of its claims on Crimea. No one has claimed duty for damaging the 19-kilometre-long bridge, the longest in Europe.

Ben Hodges, a former commander of U.S. military forces in Europe, stated the size of the strikes on Monday steered Russia’s plan to escalate might have been drawn up earlier than the bridge was attacked.

Russia is ‘attempting to destroy us,’ says Zelenskyy

Amid the onslaught, Zelenskyy stated on his Telegram account that Russia is “attempting to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the Earth.”

The attacks introduced a refrain of concern in Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed “excessive concern.” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly tweeted that “Russia’s firing of missiles into civilian areas of Ukraine is unacceptable.”

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Defence skilled sees Russia’s goal of Ukrainian cities as escalation

Former Canadian defence official Andrew Rasiulis calls the newest attacks in Ukraine an escalation of Russia’s struggle. He says the strikes have been far nearer to the day by day lives of Ukrainians than earlier attacks.

Biden stated the attacks “killed and injured civilians and destroyed targets with no navy objective. They as soon as once more reveal the utter brutality of Mr. Putin’s unlawful struggle on the Ukrainian individuals.” In a telephone name later Monday, Biden instructed Zelenskyy that the United States agreed to his request to offer superior air defence techniques.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s spokesperson, Steffen Hebestreit, stated the Group of Seven industrial powers will maintain a video convention on Tuesday that Zelenskyy will deal with. Germany presently chairs the G-7.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed condolences to Zelenskyy on behalf of Canadians in a telephone name on Monday, and he reiterated Canada’s dedication to the continued provision of navy, financial, and humanitarian help.

His workplace stated Trudeau instructed Zelenskyy that “such egregious Russian attacks solely strengthen Canada’s resolve to help Ukraine for as lengthy as essential.”

Some feared Monday’s attacks could be the primary salvo in a renewed Russian offensive. Ukraine’s Ministry of Education introduced that every one faculties in Ukraine should swap to on-line lessons a minimum of till the top of this week.

In one other sign of attainable escalation, Putin’s closest ally, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, stated on Monday he had ordered troops to deploy collectively with Russian forces close to Ukraine, which he accused of planning attacks on Belarus with its Western backers.

Within Russia, the strikes had been cheered by hawks. Ramzan Kadyrov, the staunchly pro-Kremlin chief of Russia’s Chechnya area who had demanded in current days that navy commanders be sacked, hailed Monday’s attacks: “Now I’m 100 per cent glad with how the particular navy operation is being carried out.”


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