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New wave of attacks against Ukrainian infrastructure: Russians apparently used around 70 cruise missiles

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Russia on Monday launched a new wave of missile attacks on neighboring Ukraine’s infrastructure.

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According to the Ukrainian air defense, the Russian military used almost 70 cruise missiles. A large part was launched by strategic bombers from a great distance, for example over the Caspian Sea, according to the message distributed on Telegram. 22 guided missiles of the “Kalibr” type were fired from ships in the Black Sea.

The Ukrainian air defense repelled most of the attacks. “In total, more than 60 rockets from the invaders were shot down,” it said. The information could not be verified.

Power outages in several regions of Ukraine

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According to local reports, the water supply in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa collapsed due to power outages. According to official information, there were also blackouts and the associated failures of the district heating and water supply in the industrial city of Kryvyi Rih in the south-east.

According to the administration, 40 percent of the Kyiv region is without electricity. There are no “critical consequences” of the attacks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses managed to get more than 30 Russian missiles out of the sky. Work is already underway to restore power.

Air alerts went off in many parts of Ukraine. Sirens wailed, local authorities said. People are urgently called upon to seek protection. “Do not ignore the alarm, we will strike back,” wrote the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, on Twitter.

Energy supplier warns of nationwide power cuts

The Ukrainian energy supplier Ukrenergo warned of nationwide power cuts on Monday. Due to the consequences of the shelling and in order to “maintain the balance between electricity production and consumption”, emergency shutdowns would be introduced in all regions of Ukraine, the state-owned electricity supplier Ukrenergo announced on the online channel Telegram. Important infrastructure facilities would be supplied with electricity as a matter of priority.

“The situation is difficult, but under control,” it said. Some power plants may temporarily not run at full power. “Combined with the increasing frost in the coming 24 hours, this will lead to an electricity deficit in the system,” explained Ukrenergo. The necessary repairs were in progress.

US broadcaster CNN reports that Russian forces have fired a new set of missiles into Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials.

“We see that strategic bombers have taken off and the first wave of missiles has already been fired,” Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, was quoted as saying. There could be multiple waves of attacks.

The political adviser and author of the Kyiv Post newspaper writes on social media: “13 enemy planes fired 8 missiles each, the total number is 104. Also, ‘Kalibr’ missile carriers were fired into the sea, a salvo of 16 missiles is possible. Rockets can hit around 1:30 p.m..”

According to the Kyiv Independent, there are reports of explosions in the five oblasts of Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Poltava. (dpa/Tsp/Reuters)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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