Kyiv: Several regions of Ukraine, including its capital, were facing russian missile attack on Thursday morning, the latest in a series targeting national infrastructure.
Air raid sirens sounded across the country. In Kyiv, the regional administration said air defense systems had been activated to repel the ongoing missile attack. Sounds of explosions were heard in the city.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said numerous explosions took place in Ukraine’s second-largest city.
Ukrainian authorities in several regions said some incoming Russian missiles had been intercepted.
The governor of the province of Mykolaiv, in the south of Ukraine, Vitaly Kimsaid five missiles were shot down over the Black Sea.
The Ukrainian military command North said two were shot down over the Sumy region, located on the border with Russia in the northeast of the country.
The Kyiv regional administration said fragments of a downed Russian missile damaged a private building in the Darnytskyi district and a car parked nearby.
Thursday’s attack is the latest in a series of Russian strikes targeting vital infrastructure across Ukraine.
Moscow has launched such attacks on a weekly basis since October, causing widespread blackouts and power rationing.
After earlier attacks, the Ukrainian military reported shooting down incoming Russian missiles and explosive drones, but some still hit their targets, increasing the suffering of the population amid freezing temperatures.
As the latest wave of Russian strikes began on Thursday, Dnipro authorities, Odessa and Kryvyi Rih regions said they cut power to minimize damage to critical infrastructure if affected.
Earlier this month, the United States agreed to donate a battery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine to bolster the country’s defense.
The United States and other allies have also pledged to provide energy-related equipment to help Ukraine resist attacks on its infrastructure.

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