At least there were reports of explosions three Ukrainian cities On Friday, authorities said that Russia had launched a “major missile strike” on energy facilities and infrastructure.
Local authorities reported on the Telegram social network that air raid alarms had been sounded across the country explosions were reported in the capital Kyiv, southern Kryvyi Rih and northeastern Kharkiv.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in at least four districts, the Associated Press reports.
“The attack on the capital continues,” Klitschko wrote on social networks. He urged residents to seek shelter, reminding them that metro services in the capital had been suspended as people flocked to underground tunnels for protection.
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Kharkiv Mayor Igor Tserakhov said his city is without electricity, and Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleg Sinegubav announced three strikes on critical infrastructure, AP reports.
Kirill Tymoshenko, the head of the administration of President Uladzimir Zelenskyi, informed about the strike in a residential building in Kryvyi Rih.
“There may be people under the rubble,” he wrote on Telegram, adding that emergency services had arrived at the building.
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The national railway operator “Ukrzaliznytsia” reported power outages at an unspecified number of stations in the eastern and central parts of Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions due to damage to the energy infrastructure.
Trains continued to run, switching from electricity to steam engines.
Russian strikes targeting energy infrastructure was part of a new strategy to try to force Ukrainians into compliance after key losses in recent months.
On the contrary, some analysts and Ukrainian leaders believe that Russia’s losses only strengthened Ukrainian forces the conflict enters the tenth month.
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Russian strikes on Ukraine have been carried out intermittently since mid-October, the previous round was carried out on December 5.
Ukrainian authorities have reported some success in intercepting and shooting down missiles, rockets and armed drones.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.