People take shelter in the Kyiv subway during a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian capital, February 10, 2023.
Kyiv – Today, Ukraine became the target of another large air attack by Russian forces. They fired 71 guided missiles during the night and morning, 61 of which were shot down by air defense, he saidlater the commander of the Ukrainian armed forces Valery Zaluzhny. According to him, the Russians also fired up to 35 S-300 missiles at Ukraine and sent seven attack drones. According to Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko, power facilities in six regions were affected, resulting in power outages in most of Ukraine. There are no reports of casualties, however, according to the head of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Syněhubov, eight people were injured, writes the Reuters agency.
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The sounds of explosions were reported in the morning from Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih or Poltava, Kirovohrad and Kharkiv regions, the BBC reported. Several energy facilities in the east, south and west of Ukraine were hit by Russian missiles and drones, the Ukrainian energy company Ukrenerho said in the morning according to Reuters. “The most complicated situation is in the Zaporozhye, Kharkiv and Khmelnytsky regions,” Halushchenko said later.
“Another attempt to destroy the Ukrainian energy system and deprive Ukrainians of light, heat and water,” he wroteUkrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Telegram. At the same time, he said that Russia had sent over 50 cruise missiles to Ukraine, most of which were shot down by air defense.
“Due to constant attacks, almost two dozen energy blocks of thermal power plants are damaged. If we add to this the fact that part of our energy facilities are occupied, then Ukraine temporarily lost 44 percent of nuclear electricity production, 75 percent of thermal power plant capacities, and 33 percent of thermal power plants ,” the prime minister said at a government meeting, according to the Interfax-Ukraine agency. “Despite this terror, most Ukrainians have heat, water and light. Repairs are continuing and we have enough resources until the end of winter, we are receiving generators and other equipment from partners. We have withstood dozens of attacks during 123 days of energy terrorism and will successfully manage this heating season, ” he emphasized.
Reuters reporters reported in the morning that they heard at least three explosions in and around Kyiv. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitalij Klitschko, said that air defense shot down ten missiles over the city. According to the authorities, debris from the missile damaged a private house, two cars and electrical networks in one of the districts of Kyiv, writes Reuters.
The city of Zaporizhia reported 17 airstrikes on its territory during the night of today, according to the representative of the Zaporizhia town hall, Anatoly Kurtev for the biggest attack on the city since the beginning of the invasion. “In one hour, 17 enemy airstrikes were recorded in the city, which is the highest number since the beginning of the full-scale invasion,” saidKurtěv, adding that the attacks were directed on energy objects.
About ten explosions rocked Kharkov early in the morning, said the head of the regional administration, Oleh Syněhubov. According to him, parts of Ukraine's second largest city were left without electricity, heat and water supplies as a result.
Russia also launched Iranian-made drones into Ukraine on Thursday evening, Ukrainian authorities said. Drones were spotted in the Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat later said on Ukrainian television that air defenses shot down five of the seven drones and five of the six Kalibr missiles fired at Ukraine. In addition, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia fired at least three dozen S-300 missiles at the Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions.
Russia, which militarily attacked Ukraine at the end of February last year, intensified air strikes on energy infrastructure in October.
The presidential office announced that the head of state Volodymyr Zelenskyi summoned the high command of the armed forces today. The meeting discussed the situation on the front in Donbas and the effectiveness of air defense.