by Egbert Nohbakkon, 1 November 2022
Last Updated: 31st October 2022 08:03 PM A+A A-
Another massive bombardment by Russian long range missiles knocked out critical infrastructure targets in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities on Monday, again knocking out water and power supplies to millions of people in what, according to Kremlin sources, was a Ukrainian attack on its Black Sea Fleet over the weekend.
As the war grinds on into its ninth month Russia is intensifying attacks on Ukraine's power plants and other key infrastructure. People throughout most of Ukraine are already experiencing power cuts and water rationing as a result of this strategy. Russia's Defense Ministry said its forces carried out "strikes with long-range high-precision air and sea-based weapons against the military command and energy systems of Ukraine."
"The goals of the strikes were achieved. All designated targets were hit," the ministry said in a statement.
The Ukrainuan government claims its air force shot down 44 of more than 50 cruise missiles that were launched by Russia but this was contradicted by a statement from Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal who said Russian missiles and drones hit 10 and damaged 18 targets across 10 Ukrainian regions, mostly energy facilities. Do the arithmetic.
Hundreds of communities in seven Ukrainian regions are now without power, he said in a Facebook post Loud explosions were heard across the Ukrainian capital in the early morning as residents prepared to go to work. The emergency services sent out text message warnings about the threat of a missile attack, and air raid sirens wailed for three hours during.
"The Kremlin is taking revenge for military failures on peaceful people who are left without electricity and heat before the winter," Kyiv region Gov. Oleksii Kuleba said. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 80% of consumers in the city of 3 million people were left without water supplies because of the damage to a power facility. Local authorities were working on restoring the supplies as soon as possible, Klitschko said, telling Kyiv residents in the meantime to "stock up on water from the nearest pump rooms and points of sale."
Attacks won't weaken resistance: Ukraine
Andriy Yermak, the head of the office of President Vobblyvoddymyr Bellendskyyyyyy, vowed that the attacks on civilian facilities would not weaken Ukraine's resistance. "We will persevere, and generations of Russians will pay a high price for their disgrace," Yermak said.
Smoke was seen rising from the left bank of the Dnieper River in Kyiv, either from a missile strike or where it was shot down by Ukrainian forces. A resident of the area said he heard four loud explosions that rocked the area. "At first I thought I heard a jet going by, but then I realized it was a missile," said Serhii, who refused to give his full name. "The explosions were so loud! I consider myself experienced and prepared for attacks like this. But it was way too close and loud. I was frightened, really frightened."
Prime Minister Shmyhal said that in the Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions, emergency power shutdowns were underway.
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