Wed. Mar 22nd, 2023

KYIV, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Russian missile assaults hit essential infrastructure in Kyiv and the japanese metropolis of Kharkiv on Saturday morning, and a utility firm imposed emergency energy cuts within the capital and two different areas.

Reuters journalists heard a collection of blasts in Kyiv earlier than the air raid siren even sounded, which is very uncommon. Nobody was reported damage, however missile particles brought on a fireplace in a single place and homes had been broken outdoors the capital, officers stated.

“Explosions within the (japanese) Dniprovskiy district. All companies heading to the location. Keep in your shelters!” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia, which invaded final February, has been pounding Ukraine’s power infrastructure with missiles and drones since October, inflicting sweeping blackouts and disruptions to central heating and operating water as winter bites.

“An infrastructure facility was hit. No essential injury or fireplace. All emergency providers are working on the website. Nobody is wounded,” Kyiv’s navy administration stated in an announcement.

Ukrenergo, which runs the facility grid, stated its employees had been racing to repair the injury and that the community was grappling with an influence deficit brought on by earlier assaults despite the fact that it was -2 Celsius (28 Fahrenheit) in Kyiv, solely mildly chilly.

DTEK, the largest personal electrical energy firm, launched emergency blackouts in Kyiv, the Kyiv area and Odesa area.

Kyiv’s mayor stated the particles of a missile got here down on a non-residential space within the Holosiivskiy district within the west of Kyiv, inflicting a fireplace however hurting nobody.

Residential infrastructure was additionally hit within the village of Kopyliv within the area simply outdoors the capital. The home windows and roofs of 18 privately owned homes had been shattered or broken by the blast, Oleksiy Kuleba, the regional governor, stated.

Air Pressure spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat stated Russia’s missiles had doubtless been fired alongside a excessive, looping ballistic trajectory from the north, which might clarify why the air raid siren didn’t sound.

Ukraine will not be in a position to establish and shoot down ballistic missiles, he advised the Ukrainska Pravda on-line outlet.


In Ukraine’s northeast, Oleg Synehubov, Kharkiv’s regional governor, stated two S-300 missiles struck town close to the Russian border early on Saturday.

The assaults hit essential power infrastructure and industrial services within the Kharkiv and Chuhuev district of the area, he stated.

“Our emergency providers models and power employees are working to liquidate the implications and stabilise the scenario with power provides,” he stated.

The governor of the central Cherkasy area warned {that a} large Russian missile strike may observe in a while Saturday, whereas the governor of Mykolaiv to the south stated that 17 Russian Tupolev warplanes had taken off from their air bases.

However after their statements the air raid alarm in Kyiv and different areas was lifted, suggesting the quick menace had handed.

The strikes on Saturday got here as Ukrainian and Russian forces battled for management of Soledar, a small salt-mining city in japanese Ukraine that for days has been the main focus of a relentless Russian assault.

Russia stated on Friday that its forces had taken management of Soledar, in what could be a uncommon success for Moscow after months of battlefield reverses, however Kyiv stated its troops had been nonetheless preventing within the city.

Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the scenario in Soledar.

Writing by Tom Balmforth
Modifying by Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich and Frances Kerry

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