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Russia unleashes missiles but Ukraine says most shot down


KYIV: Russia on Monday launched what Ukrainian authorities called the latest “major missile attack” across their country, hitting homes and buildings, killing civilians, and disrupting electricity and water supplies in regions – especially in the Black Sea port city of Odesa. UkraineThe air force claims to have shot down more than 60 of the 70 missiles fired.

President of Russia Putinmeanwhile, drove a car over the bridge connecting his country to the Crimean Peninsula after it was repaired following a truck bombing in October that confused Moscow.
Russia responded to the bridge attack by firing volleys of missiles at Ukrainian infrastructure targets in the weeks that followed, and Monday’s attack was just the latest wave of retaliatory strikes. Russia is seeking to disable Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure as winter approaches – part of a new strategy in the nine-month war.
The violent attacks also came hours after Russian media reported on two explosions at air bases inside Russia, although neither Moscow nor Kyiv immediately commented on the possible cause. bodies of explosions.
Despite more than ever, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised his military force and technicians for taking action to repair the damage.
“Air defense shot down most of the missiles,” he said in a brief comment on social media. “Electrical engineers have begun to restore power. Our people never give up.”
Ukraine’s air force says initial indications are that Russian forces fired 38 cruise missiles from aircraft carriers in the Caspian Sea and from the Rostov region in southern Russia. Another 22 Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the country’s Black Sea fleet, in addition to the participation of long-range bombers, fighter jets and guided missiles.
“In total, more than 60 rockets of the invaders were shot down!” the air force said on its Telegram channel.
Ukraine’s electricity supplier, Ukrenergo, lashed out at Russia over the “eighth major missile attack by a terrorist state”, saying its facilities were attacked, causing power outages. It urges residents to stay in shelters as its teams attempt to repair damage.
In the capital Kyiv, crowds quickly filled up Zoloti Vorota central metro station following the warnings, and many checked their phones for updates. There is currently no indication of whether the city or the surrounding area has been hit.
Air raid sirens sounded across the country. Ukrainian media reported explosions occurred in several regions south of Kiev, including Cherkasy, Kryvyi Rih and Odesa. Officials said water, electricity and central heating were cut off in many parts of Odesa.
“The enemy attacks Ukrainian territory again with missiles!” Kyrylo TymoshenkoDeputy Chief of Staff to the President of Ukraine, wrote on Telegram.
Tymoshenko said two people were killed and three others injured – including a 22-month-old child – in the village of Novosofiyivka in the southern Zaporizhzhya region.
In neighboring Moldova, the Interior Ministry said on its Facebook page that border patrol officers found a missile in an orchard near the northern city of Briceni near Ukraine.
Emergency services, including bomb squads. was sent to the scene. The ministry said control measures in the vicinity have also been tightened. It is not clear when the missile was able to land or who fired it.
Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita did not say when the missile might land but warned that “a new wave of missile attacks is underway in Ukraine, with direct consequences for our country.” She warned that Moldova could experience further blackouts during new Russian strikes.
Early Monday, Russian media reported on an explosion at a base in Ryazan, western Russia. The RIA Novosti news agency said three servicemen were killed, six others were injured and a plane was damaged when a fuel tanker exploded.
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Saratov region governor Roman Busargin said there was no damage to civilian facilities.
Regional media reported the sound of a large explosion near the Engels base, and some residents reported seeing a flash of light coming from the area.
Asked if Putin had been informed about the Engels base explosion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the president was simply kept informed about developments that were taking place.
Putin’s drive over the bridge over the Kerch Strait is an important sign that Russia can recover from the setbacks and repair the bridge span quickly after the October 8 truck bombing cut it off. main route from Crimea to the mainland. He also spoke to workers and discussed repairs with a senior government official responsible for the project.
Putin inaugurated the bridge in a highly symbolic move following the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Zelenskyy’s office said three rocket attacks hit his hometown of Kryvyi Rih in south-central Ukraine, killing one factory worker and injuring three others. In the northeastern region of Kharkiv, one person was killed in S-300 missile attacks on civilian infrastructure in the town of Kupyansk.
The war that began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has displaced millions of people, killed and injured tens of thousands, and rocked the world economy – especially due to the price and availability of food, fertilizer and fuel. are the main exports from Ukraine and Russia.
Western countries on Monday imposed a price ceiling of $60 a barrel and a ban on some Russian oils, part of new measures aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow over the war.
This move has led to rejection from the Kremlin and also criticism from Zelenskyy – whose government wants the limit to be half as high.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, who is in charge of energy affairs, warned in televised comments on Sunday that Russia will not sell its oil to countries that try to impose price ceilings.
“We will only sell oil and oil products to countries that cooperate with us on market terms, even if we have to reduce production to some extent,” Novak said. hours before the ceiling price takes effect.
The 27-nation European bloc also imposed an embargo on Russian oil shipped by sea.
Russia, the world’s No. 2 oil producer, relies on oil and gas to bolster its economy, which has been subject to sweeping international sanctions because of the war.
In recent weeks, Russia has attacked Ukraine’s infrastructure – including power plants – with military attacks and continues to attack in the east, especially in and around the town. Bakhmut.
Russian forces are also digging near the southern city of Kherson, which was recaptured by Ukrainian forces last month after eight months of occupation.

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