Kyiv Strikes Back: Explosions and Air Raids in Ukraine as Russian Forces Target Energy Infrastructure

Numerous Explosions Rock Kyiv, the Ukrainian Capital

On Monday morning, several explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Before the explosions, an air alarm was triggered, prompting Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko to instruct residents to seek shelter immediately. The cause of the explosions was traced back to Russian combat drones that had damaged power supplies in the Odessa and Mykolaiv regions of southern Ukraine. This led to a partial power outage in Odessa.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, two ballistic missiles were fired over Kiev using hypersonic missiles, as reported by US Ambassador Bridget Brink. Debris from a rocket damaged a residential building in Kiev. In addition, local public transport with trams and trolleybuses in Odessa had to be stopped, but no injuries were reported. In the Mykolaiv region, a substation was damaged and caught fire due to a drone strike, resulting in eleven people being injured, two seriously.

The Ukrainian army shot down eight out of nine Russian drones that had taken off from the Crimean peninsula. There were also air strikes and artillery shelling in other regions of Ukraine, including Zaporizhia and Sumy. The Russian army has been increasing air strikes against Ukraine’s energy supply for some time now, causing disruptions in cities like Charkiw.

In Russia, a fire broke out at a power plant in the Rostov region, with unofficial reports suggesting a Ukrainian drone attack. Ukraine has been defending itself against a large-scale Russian invasion for over two years now, with recent drone attacks targeting Russia’s oil industry specifically. Despite both sides engaging in military actions to assert their power on the ground and through air attacks on energy infrastructure and resources alike

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