Russia launched a new massive missile attack across Ukraine

In this photo provided by the military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, a damaged building and a car are seen after a Russian attack in the village of Novosofiivka, in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, Monday, December 5, 2022. ( Zaporizhzhia Administration via AP)

The Ukrainian authorities claimed that Russia launched a “massive missile attack” across Ukraine on Mondayhitting homes and buildings, disrupting power supplies and causing civilian casualties.

The latest offensive, which the Ukrainian authorities had been anticipating for days, was a new round of punishment by Moscow in its attempt to disable power supplies and infrastructure Ukraine as winter approaches, part of a new strategy in their nine-month war.

The country’s electricity supplier, ukrenergolashed out at Russia for “the eighth massive missile attack by a terrorist country”, saying that their facilities had been hit, causing blackouts. He urged residents to stay in shelters while his crews tried to repair the damage.

In the capital, kyivdozens of people quickly gathered in the central metro station of Zoloti Vorota following the warnings, with many checking their phones for updates. There were no immediate signs that the city or the surrounding region had been hit.

Refugees in the kyiv metro (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
Refugees in the kyiv metro (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) (SHANNON STAPLETON/)

Anti-aircraft alerts sounded throughout the country. Ukrainian media reported explosions in various parts of the country south of kyivWhat cherkasy, Krivoy Rog and the port of Odessaon the Black Sea, where the water company said power had been cut at pumping stations, leaving the city without water.

In Krivoy Rog the Russian bombardments caused one death and three wounded.

“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” wrote on Telegram Kyrylo Tymoshenkodeputy head of the office of the Ukrainian president.

timoshenko said two people were killed and three others were injured -including a 22-month-old boy- in the village of Novosofiyivkain the southern region of Zaporizhzhya.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat, stated that land missiles were launched from southern Russia and naval missiles from the Caspian and Black seas. Likewise, Russian strategic bombers launched missiles.

Ihnat warned that the Russians could attack in several waves to make it difficult to shoot down the missiles by Ukrainian air defenses.

Earlier on Monday, Russian media reported two explosions at Russian airbases. Apparently, one of them occurred in a base that houses nuclear-capable strategic bombers who have been involved in launching attacks against Ukraine.

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Explosions rocked two airbases in Russia on Monday

Neither Ukrainian nor Russian authorities had immediate comment on the possible cause of the explosions.

The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti He said three soldiers were killed and six others injured and one plane damaged when a fuel truck exploded at an air base in ryazan, in western Russia. The base houses long-range tanker aircraft that serve to refuel bombers in the air.

On the other hand, the authorities of the region of Saratovon the banks of the Volga River, reported that they were checking reports of an explosion in the area of ​​the Engels airbase, which houses strategic bombers. Tu-95 Y Tu-160 who have been involved in launching attacks against Ukraine. These bombers can carry nuclear weapons.

Saratov Regional Governor, Roman Busarginstated that there had been no damage to civilian installations and added that the authorities are checking whether there have been any incidents at military installations.

Regional media reported de sounds of a strong explosion near the base of Engelsand some residents were quoted as saying they saw a flash of light coming from the area.

When asked if the Russian president, Vladimir Putinhad been informed about the explosion of the Engels base, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskovlimited himself to saying that the president was being regularly informed about ongoing events.

Adviser to the Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, criticized the Russians for the drone attack on Engels, but did not claim responsibility:

“The Earth is round, Galileo’s discovery. Astronomy was not studied in the Kremlin, giving preference to court astrologers. If it were, they would know: if something is launched into the airspace of other countries, sooner or later the unknown flying objects will return to square one,” Podolyak tweeted.

Zelensky’s office said three rockets hit the president’s hometown, Krivoy Rog, in south-central Ukraine, killing a factory worker and injuring three others. In the northeastern region of Kharkivone person was killed in attacks with S-300 missiles against civilian infrastructure in the city of Kupyansk.

The war that began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has displaced millions of people from their homes, killed and injured untold numbers of civilians, and shaken the global economy, not least through the impact on prices and availability. food, fertilizer and fuel, which are key exports of Ukraine and Russia.

Western countries imposed on Monday a $60 per barrel cap and ban on some types of Russian oilas part of new measures aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow for the war.

The measure has drawn rejection from the Kremlin and also criticism from Zelensky, whose government wants the cap to be half.

Russia, the world’s second largest oil producer, depends on oil and gas to sustain its economy, which has already been subjected to harsh international sanctions because of the war.

In the last weeks, Russia has bombarded Ukrainian infrastructure with military attacksincluding power plants, and has maintained an offensive in the east, especially in and around the city of Bakhmut.

Russian forces have also dug in near the southern city of Khersonrecaptured by Ukrainian forces last month after eight months of occupation.

(With information from EFE and AP)

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