A wave of Russian attacks with drones and missiles, one of the most massive in recent months, has caused at least a dozen deaths, numerous injuries and damage in various parts of Ukraine, including the capital, Kiev, and the largest urban centers. from the country.
Interior Minister Igor Klimenko has reported that at least 12 people have died and more than 70 have been injured in various regions of the country. Damage was reported to a maternity hospital in the central city of Dnipro and to buildings in the western city of Lviv, the southeastern port of Odessa and the eastern city of Kharkiv.
The Ukrainian Air Force has said its air defenses have shot down 114 of 158 airstrikes launched by Russia. Valeri Zaluzhni, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, has said that 87 cruise missiles and 27 Shahed drones have been shot down.
Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat stated in televised statements that such a barrage of Russian missiles had not occurred “in a long time.” “The enemy launched a massive blow using various air attack assets. In fact, it launched everything except Kalibr (missiles). There were Kinzhal (missiles), ballistic missiles, S-300, cruise missiles,” he has said.
From kyiv to Lviv
The mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschkó, has announced that several people have been rescued from under the rubble of a warehouse in which fragments of a projectile have hit. Klitschkó had warned around 6:30 in the morning (4:30 GMT), through his Telegram channel, that explosions were heard in the capital, instructing citizens to seek shelter.
According to the Minister of the Interior, several districts of the capital have been attacked and civilian infrastructure, cars and warehouses have been damaged. Two people have died and 18 have been injured.
In Lviv, a missile hit an apartment block killed one person, according to the head of the regional military administration, Maksym Kozytskyi. According to Klimenko, nine have been injured. The city’s mayor’s office has announced that more than a dozen Shahed-type kamikaze drones have been launched against the region bordering Poland.
In Kharkiv, to the northeast, authorities reported one civilian dead – a 35-year-old man – and nine injured. In addition, warehouses and industrial facilities, a transport vehicle depot, a medical center and an ambulance, among other infrastructure, have suffered damage.
In the Dnipropetrovsk region (center), the head of the military administration, Sergey Lysak, spoke of a “tragic morning.” Russian rockets have hit five people and 15 have been injured.
In the provincial capital of Dnipro, a projectile hit a shopping center, where it caused a fire and caused damage to a mother and child hospital.
In Odessa, to the south, the authorities have so far recorded two deaths and 15 civilians hospitalized, including two children aged six and eight who have been injured in missile attacks against apartment buildings.
In Zaporizhia, to the southeast, according to the Interior Minister, Russia has launched rocket attacks against infrastructure facilities and one person has been killed and ten injured.
At night, Russia also launched a wave of drones, one of which hit an infrastructure, although according to the president of the regional military administration, Oleg Kiper, at least a dozen of them have been shot down by anti-aircraft defenses.
Ukraine has been warning for weeks that Russia could be stockpiling missiles to launch a major air campaign targeting the energy system. Last year, millions of people were plunged into darkness when Russian attacks hit the power grid.
With information from EFE