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Russia Launches 120 Missiles In A “Massive” Attack On Ukrainian Cities, Including Kyiv

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  • The governor of the Lviv area, Maksim Kozytski, said that air defence was in place and urged people to seek shelter.
  • In the east of the capital, two private residences were struck by missile debris, and a "industrial company "and a playground were both harmed in the southwest of the city

On Thursday, Russia hit Ukraine with a new wave of attacks. At least three people were hurt, including a teenager in Kyiv, and the electricity was cut off in the west.

But officials said that all 16 Russian missiles that were aimed at Kiev were “shot down.”

On Thursday morning, there were reports of explosions all over the large country of Ukraine. This included the capital, Kiev, the second largest city Kharkiv in the east, and the city of Lviv in the west, which is on the border with Poland.

The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadoviy, said that most of the city was left without power, even though Russian attacks are still rare.

“The enemy is coming at Ukraine from all sides with cruise missiles launched from strategic planes and ships in the air and on the water “The air force of Ukraine said this on social media.

Mykhaylo Podolyak, an adviser to the president, said that the “evil Russian world” had fired more than 120 missiles to destroy critical infrastructure and kill a lot of civilians.”

“We’re waiting for more ideas from the “peacekeepers,” he joked on Twitter.

The attacks happened 10 months into Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine, where Russian strikes have been destroying the country’s energy grid and leaving millions of people in the cold and dark in the middle of winter.


Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said that at least three people were hurt in the attacks, and one of them was a 14-year-old girl.

He told people that the power might go out and asked them to stock up on water.

Local officials say that pieces of downed missiles hit two private homes in the east of the capital, while a factory and a playground were hurt in the southwest of the city.

“A string of explosions” were heard in the east “Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, was hit, Mayor Igor Terekhov said.

“Critical infrastructure,” Governor Oleg Synegubov said, “was attacked in the area around Kharkiv and its main city. Four missiles hit neighbourhoods in the city’s east and south.

The mayor of the old city of Lviv, Sadoviy, said that there could be water cuts.

Maksim Kozytski, the governor of Lviv, said that the city’s air defence was working and asked people to stay in shelters.

Maksym Marchenko, the governor of Odessa, said that 21 missiles were shot down by air defences in the south.

“Pieces of an enemy missile fell on a house, but luckily no one was hurt “he said.

He also said that there had been damage to energy infrastructure and that there had been emergency power cuts in the area.

Moscow says the attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure are a response to an explosion on the Kerch bridge, which connects the Russian mainland to the Crimean peninsula, which it took over in 2014.

The Kremlin has said that Kyiv is ultimately to blame for how the strikes have hurt people because it refused to accept Russian terms for negotiations.

On Wednesday, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said he was sure that Moscow would eventually reach its goals in Ukraine if it had “patience” and “perseverance.”

“We’re not in a rush, “he said.

He said again that Moscow’s position was that for talks to start up again, Kyiv had to agree that Russia had taken over four parts of Ukraine.

“Four new regions in Russia are our top priority,” “Lavrov said.

Western military and intelligence sources say that Russia is having trouble getting the weapons it needs for the invasion, but Moscow has pushed back.

“We will always have Kalibrs,” “The Russian Defense Ministry said on the messaging app Telegram that Ukraine was hit with cruise missiles.

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