On Thursday morning, explosions were reported in cities across the country, including the capital Kyiv where Mayor Vitali Klitschko warned of possible power outages and urged residents to stockpile water.
Kyiv, Ukraine: A fresh barrage of Russian attacks rocked Ukraine on Thursday, injuring at least three people, including a teenager, in Kiev and cutting power in the west. On Thursday morning, explosions were reported across the country, including Ukraine’s capital, Kharkiv, the second city in the east, and Lviv, a western city on the border with Poland.
Much of Lviv, where Russian attacks are still rare, was without electricity, its mayor Andriy Sadovy said.
“The enemy is attacking Ukraine from various directions, from strategic aircraft and ships to air and sea-based cruise missiles,” Ukraine’s air force said on social media, calling the attack “huge”.
Presidential aide Mykhailo Podoliak said more than 120 missiles were fired.
After several humiliating setbacks and lost territory on the battlefield this summer and fall, Moscow has stepped up its air campaign, repeatedly targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with drones and missiles.
He warned of possible power outages and urged residents to stock up on water.
City officials said two private homes in the eastern part of the capital were hit by shrapnel, and an industrial plant and a playground were damaged in the city’s southwest.
To the east, a “series of explosions” took place in Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, Mayor Igor Terekhov said.
In the historic city of Lviv, Mayor Sadoviy warns of possible water cuts.
Lviv Governor Maksim Kozytsky said air defenses were working and urged residents to stay in shelters.
In the south, Odesa Governor Maksym Marchenko said air defenses had fired 21 missiles into the region.
“A fragment of one of the enemy missiles fell inside a residential building, luckily there were no casualties,” he said. He added that there was damage to energy infrastructure and emergency power cuts in the region.