Russian missiles hit Ukraine, officials say | ET REALITY

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Russia launched a large-scale airstrike against Ukraine on Monday morning. Ukrainian officials saidbombing several regions with missiles that killed at least two people, injured at least 33 others and caused serious damage to residential buildings and industrial areas.

Air raid alerts rang across the country around 6 a.m. after the Ukrainian Air Force reported the takeoff of nearly 20 Russian fighter jets which then fired cruise, ballistic and hypersonic missiles, in line with the Moscow’s strategy of overwhelming Ukrainian air defenses with several waves of different types of air weapons.

Ihor Klymenko, Minister of the Interior of Ukraine, said the attack had attacked regions across the country, from Khmelnytskyi in the west to Kharkiv in the northeast, and that private houses had been severely damaged and a shopping center destroyed. He said rescue teams were at the scene of the attacks trying to pull people out from under the rubble.

Although the targets of the attack and the extent of the damage were not immediately clear, Monday’s airstrike came as Russia has stepped up its airstrikes against Ukraine in recent days in what appears to be a strategy to destroy industrial infrastructure and critical military. and wear down Ukrainian morale.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said last week that Russia had launched about 300 missiles and more than 200 attack drones at Ukraine in a series of attacks around the New Year. He United Nations said on Saturday that 120 civilians had been killed across Ukraine and nearly 480 more wounded since December 29.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city near the Russian border, missiles “hit the city’s industrial facilities,” causing a fire and injuring at least one woman. said Mayor Ihor Terekhov.

The greatest damage appears to have been caused in the southeastern region of Dnipropetrovsk, where gas stations, administrative and residential buildings, as well as private homes, were hit by attacks that killed a 62-year-old woman and injured at least 24 people. according to Serhii Lysak, the regional governor. Another woman was killed in the Kharkiv region, the authorities said.

Unlike previous attacks, Ukraine’s capital kyiv was not attacked on Monday. This could be because the city is well protected by powerful air defense systems, including American-designed Patriot batteries, which are capable of shooting down most incoming missiles.

But Ukraine’s lack of air defense systems means it has to juggle resources between the front line and cities far from the fighting. As a result, some cities, such as Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk region, which was attacked on Monday, are less well defended.

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