A flurry of Russian strikes on key objects in Ukraine

ANDREW MELDRAM and ANNA ARCHIROVA – Associated Press

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — A massive barrage of Russian strikes hit critical infrastructure in Kiev, Kharkiv and other cities Monday morning in apparent retaliation for what Moscow said Ukraine’s attack on its Black Sea fleet last weekend.

Loud explosions rang out in the Ukrainian capital early in the morning, when residents were preparing to go to work. Some of them received text messages from the emergency services about the threat of a missile attack, air raid sirens howled for three hours in a row.

As a result, significant areas of the city were cut off from electricity and water supply, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said. According to him, the local authorities are working on restoring the damaged energy facility, which provides electricity to 350,000 apartments in the capital.

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In Kharkiv, there were two strikes on critical infrastructure facilities, according to the authorities, and the metro stopped working. Officials also warned of possible power outages in the city of Zaporozhye as a result of the strikes.

Critical infrastructure facilities were also damaged in the Cherkasy region southeast of Kyiv, and explosions were heard in other regions of Ukraine. In the Kirovohrad region of central Ukraine, an energy facility was damaged, according to local authorities. In Vinnytsia, a downed rocket fell on civilian buildings, there were no casualties, the governor of the region, Siarhei Borzov, said.

Some sections of the Ukrainian railway were also shut down, Ukrainian Railways reports.

The attack came two days after Russia accused Ukraine of a drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet off the coast of the annexed Crimean peninsula. Ukraine denies the attack, saying Russia mishandled its own weapons, but Moscow has announced it will end its involvement in the UN-brokered deal allow the safe passage of ships carrying grain from Ukraine.

The head of the administration of the President of Ukraine, Andrey Yermak, commenting on the terrorist attacks on Monday, said that Russian troops “continue to fight against civilian objects.”

“We will stand, and generations of Russians will pay a heavy price for their shame,” Yermak said.

This is the second time this month that Russia has launched a massive barrage of strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure. On October 10, a similar attack rocked the war-torn country after an explosion on the Kerch Bridge, which connects annexed Crimea with mainland Russia, an incident Moscow blamed on Kyiv.

The deputy head of the presidential administration, Kirill Tymoshenko, said that the emergency power cuts are being carried out after “Russian terrorists carried out another massive attack on energy facilities in a number of regions of Ukraine.”

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