Russian missiles pound Ukrainian energy facilities and defence plant

  • Russia fires new missiles at Ukraine
  • Two people were killed overnight in southeastern Ukraine.
  • According to Naftogaz, gas production facilities were damaged.

Russia struck Ukrainian energy facilities and a large rocket-powered facility on Thursday in a new wave of missiles that Ukrainian authorities denounced as terrorism.

Kyiv, the capital Officials said two people were killed despite the explosions reverberating in major cities, including the central city of Dnipro and the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in a second wave of heavy missile launches this week that targets were placed at the Pivdenmash defense plant in Dnipro. State energy company Naftogaz said gas production facilities in eastern Ukraine were damaged or destroyed, although it did not give details of the damage.

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President Volodymyr Zelenskiy posted footage captured by a car camera, showing a driver’s journey across the Dnipro interrupted by an explosion ahead, sending flames and black smoke into the sky.

“No matter what the terrorists want, no matter what they try to do, we must get through this winter and come into the spring stronger than ever, more ready than ever to liberate our entire territory,” he said.

At least 15 people were injured in Dnipro, three in northeastern Kharkiv and at least one in Odesa, local officials said. Ukrainian officials reported heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The mayor of Melitopol, in southeastern Ukraine, said the city had no heat. Elsewhere, electricity is already out to save energy after it was damaged by airstrikes on Tuesday.

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The executive director of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy provider, said long-term outages could last several days in some regions.

“Unfortunately, it may take a few hours to get electricity,” Interfax quoted Ukrainian news agency Dmytro Sakharchuk as saying. “Two or three hours a day.”

Some Russian missiles were destroyed.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, has stepped up attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities in recent weeks. Moscow says its military operations are aimed at crushing dangerous nationalists and protecting Russian-speakers.

Ukraine says its air defenses have fired several missiles and drones over the past few weeks. On Thursday, four missiles and five Iranian-made Shahed drones were destroyed near the city, city officials said.

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The latest attacks have prompted Ukrainian officials to make fresh calls for its international allies to send more air defense systems. They also said that Ukraine will stand firm.

“I think the enemy will weaken our defenses and stab us in the back. This is a naive strategy of cowardly losers prepared for us,” Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, wrote on Telegram. “They will not succeed. We will crush them.”

Max Hunder, Additional reporting by Dan Peleschuk and Aleksandar Vasovic; Edited by Timothy Heritage

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