Ukrainian officials said on Monday that Russian strikes hit Ukraine’s critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities.
The strikes appeared to be retaliation for what Moscow claimed was Ukraine’s attack this weekend on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
Loud explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv early Monday morning. Some residents have received text messages from the emergency services about the threat of a missile attack. Air raid sirens were heard for three consecutive hours.
Vast areas of Kyiv’s electricity and water supply have been cut off due to the strikes, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. He also said local officials were working to restore a damaged energy facility that supplies 350,000 apartments with electricity.
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Two strikes hit critical infrastructure in Kharkiv, officials said. The region’s metro has ceased to operate.
Officials also warned of strikes in the city of Zaporizhzhia that would lead to power outages there.
Critical infrastructure was also affected in the Cherkasy region, located southeast of Kyiv. Explosions were also reported in other regions of Ukraine.
In central Ukraine, a power plant in the Kirovohrad region was hit, authorities said. A missile in Vinnytsia that was shot down landed on civilian buildings, causing damage but no casualties were reported, regional governor Serhii Borzov said.
Parts of Ukrainian Railways were also cut off from power, according to Ukrainian Railways.
The strikes were launched two days after Russia claimed a Ukrainian drone attack targeted Russia’s Black Sea Fleet off the annexed Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine has denied responsibility for the attack, saying instead that Russia mismanaged its own weapons.
However, Moscow has announced that it is stopping its participation in a UN-brokered agreement that would allow the safe passage of ships carrying grain from Ukraine.
In response to the Russian strikes, Ukrainian presidential office chief Andriy Yermak said Russian forces “continue to fight with civilian installations.”
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“We will persevere and generations of Russians will pay a heavy price for their disgrace,” Yermak said.
Monday’s attack was the second time this month that Russia has launched a barrage of strikes against infrastructure in Ukraine. A similar attack on October 10 hit the Kerch Bridge linking annexed Crimea with mainland Russia, an attack Moscow blames on Kyiv.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.