In advance of Zelensky’s meeting with Biden, Russia bombards Ukraine’s power plants
During the hours before President Volodymyr Zelensky was set to meet US President Joe Biden at the White House, Ukraine suffered a deadly Russian missile barrage targeting energy facilities in Kyiv and other cities.
A 9-year-old girl was among the seven people injured in the latest attack on Kyiv, which claimed five lives in Kherson in the south. Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said debris from an infrastructure facility fell onto a residential building and injured the child and the woman, both aged 18.
According to officials, it was “a terrible night for Kherson city,” with at least three people killed and six injured. Apartment buildings and cars were also damaged by Russian shelling. According to local officials, two people were injured in Kharkiv after Russia launched six strikes in the early morning. The city of Cherkasy in central Ukraine was targeted by missiles overnight, and at least ten people were injured.
According to Ukrenergo, the strikes were Russia’s first on Ukraine’s power infrastructure in six months, just as the country prepares for colder weather that will require more energy for heating. In October of last year, Russia began a series of intense attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
According to Ukrainenergo, the overnight missile attacks damaged power facilities in the western and central regions and caused blackouts.
According to Ukraine’s army chief, Ukrainian air defenses shot down 36 out of 43 missiles launched by Russia on Thursday. Some Ukrainian officials warn that the missile threat continues, however, and air raid alerts remain in place in some parts of the country.
According to the head of the city’s military administration, the attacks came as Kyiv passed the 1,000-hour mark of air raid alarms since the Russian invasion began.
Russia carried out deadly attacks across Ukraine on Thursday
Russia launched attacks across Ukraine on Thursday, targeting civilian infrastructure and power facilities. Ukraine air defenses shot down 36 of 43 missiles fired by Russia. Kyiv has now sounded air raid sirens for more than 1,000 hours since the invasion began in February last year.
Notes: “Assessed” means the institute for the study of war has received reliable and independently verifiable information to demonstrate Russian control or advances in those areas.
Sources: The institute for the study of war with AEI’s Critical Threads project. Kherson regional military administration, Mayor of Kyiv, Kharkiv regional military administration, Cherkasy regional military administration, Ukraine Defense Ministry.
Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Ihor Klymenko, warned Ukrainians Thursday to observe safety regulations during a restless morning.
Residents have been advised to continue using bomb shelters despite air raid alarms blaring on loudspeakers throughout the city and on their cell phones. Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, said on Thursday that the capital has endured a year and a half of continuous air raid alarms. As a team, we have survived and will overcome much more in the future.”
Following Wednesday’s contentious United Nations General Assembly in New York, Zelensky argued that removing Russia’s veto power “is the first necessary step.”
The aggressor vetoes every effort to stop the war, Zelensky said at Wednesday’s UN Security Council meeting.
The Ukrainian president called for imposing preventative sanctions on countries involved in conflicts even though allies have already imposed sanctions on Russia.
It is important for anyone who wishes to start a war to understand what they will lose when the war begins,” Zelensky said.
According to the White House, Zelensky will meet with Biden on Thursday to hear a “battlefield perspective.”
As the Ukrainian president seeks additional aid for his war-torn country, the US Congress is divided over how to proceed. He will also reiterate US support “that we’ll be with them for as long as it takes,” according to John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council.
The news reference is CNN