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Russia launches another major missile attack on Ukraine


KYIV: Ukrainian authorities reported explosions in at least three cities on Friday, saying Russia launched a massive missile attack on energy facilities and infrastructure.
Local authorities on social media report explosions in the southern capital Kiev Kryvyi Rih and northeastern Kharkiv as air raid alarms sounded across the country, warning of a new wave of Russian attacks that had occurred intermittently since mid-October.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on telegram Social media application where the city has no electricity. Governor of Kharkiv Oleh Syniehubov reported three strikes on the city’s critical infrastructure.
Kyrylo Tymoshenkoa top official in the President Volodymyr ZelenskyyHis office, which reported a strike on a residential building in Kryvyi Rih, warned on Telegram: “There may be people under the rubble.” He said emergency services were at the scene.
Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in at least four counties, urging residents to take shelter.
“The attack on the capital continues,” he wrote on Telegram. He said metro services in the capital had been suspended as city residents flocked to tunnels deep underground to seek shelter.
Ukrzaliznytsia, the national railway operator, said several stations in eastern and central Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk had lost power due to damaged energy infrastructure. But trains continued to run by switching from electric power to steam engine power, which was already in standby.
Such attacks on energy infrastructure are part of a new Russian strategy to try to bring the Ukrainians to their knees after significant battlefield losses by Russian forces in recent months. .
But some Ukrainian analysts and leaders say such an onslaught only strengthens the resolve of Ukrainians to face the Russian invasion that began on 24 February.
The previous large-scale Russian air raid across the country took place on December 5.
Ukrainian authorities have reported some success in intercepting and shooting down missiles, rockets and armed drones.

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