Volodimir Zelensky raised to four civilian deaths this Monday in the new wave of bombardments launched by Russian troops against Ukraine.
“There are four people killed by the Russian attacks today. My condolences to family and friends.”said the Ukrainian president in his usual evening speech.
A wave of Russian missiles hit targets in different parts of Ukraine today, including energy infrastructure facilities, forcing the state company Ukrenergo to carry out emergency power cuts.
According to Zelensky, 70 Russian missiles were launched today and most of them were shot down, although “unfortunately” they still cannot guarantee “the complete safety of the sky” as there were several hits.
However, the president expressed his gratitude to his European partners for the air defense systems they are using.
“Every Russian missile shot down is concrete proof that terrorism can be defeated,” he said.
Earlier, Zelensky claimed that the anti-aircraft defenses managed to shoot down most of the missiles launched by the Russian forces. “I want to thank the air defense forces, the energy personnel and our people. The anti-aircraft defense forces have shot down most of the missiles,” the Ukrainian president said in a video posted on his Telegram account.
“Power personnel have already begun to restore electricity. Our people never give up.”he added.
A new salvo of Russian missiles fell on Ukraine on Monday, causing new electricity and water cuts in a country already in the midst of an energy crisis, after repeated attacks by Moscow against its infrastructure.
The bombings took place the same day as the entry into force of a mechanism to limit the price of Russian oil decided by Western countries to deprive Moscow of part of the income it obtains from the sale of its hydrocarbons.
This Monday Putin appeared on television in some images in which he is seen behind the wheel of a car driving across the Crimean bridge, partially destroyed in an explosion in October and connecting Russian territory with the annexed Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
In the morning, air raid sirens resounded throughout Ukraine. “Ukraine suffers an eighth massive missile attack from a terrorist state. Unfortunately, there is already damage to the energy infrastructure,” the Ukrainian operator said. ukrenergourging people to stay in “the shelters”.
In recent months, and after multiple setbacks on the ground, the Russian army has multiplied its attacks against Ukrainian energy facilities. Much of the civilian population only has electricity for a few hours a day.
On Monday, the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rig (center) said that “a part of the city is without electricity.”
The operators of Odessa (southwest) and Sumi (northeast) respectively reported cuts in water supply and electricity. There was also no current in Mykolaiv, in the south of the country, according to the mayor Oleksander Sienkevich.
The deputy head of the presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymochenkohad initially reported the death of at least two people and three injuries, including a child.
For his part, the chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency, Andriy Iermak, posted on Twitter an image showing remains of Russian rockets and missiles that fell on the second largest city in Ukraine, Kharkiv (northeast). “This is the graveyard of the missiles that fell on Kharkov. It is just a small sample of the shells that Russia has fired into Ukrainian territory,” she said. “We need a solution to close the airspace,” she urged.
Fighting is also continuing on the long front line. The Ukrainian army announced on Monday that it had repelled several attacks in the past 24 hours, especially in the Bakhmut sector (east), where Russian forces are on the offensive.
With information from EFE and AFP
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