KYIV, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Russian missile strikes hit key infrastructure in Kyiv and the eastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday morning, and the governor of another region warned that a major missile strike could follow in the coming hours. .
Reuters journalists heard several explosions in Kyiv before the air strike sirens went off, which is highly unusual. No injuries were reported, but debris from the missile started a fire and damaged houses outside the capital, officials said.
“Explosions in (Eastern) Dniprovskiy district. All agencies are heading to the scene. Stay in your shelters!” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Russia, which launched an attack last February, has been targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with missiles and drones since October, causing widespread damage to central heating and running water as winter bites. Blackouts and disruptions are occurring.
“An infrastructure facility was hit. There was no serious damage or fire. All emergency services are working on site. No one was injured,” Kyiv’s military administration said in a statement. said in a statement.
Ukrenergo, which runs the power grid, said its workers were racing to repair the damage and that the network was dealing with power losses caused by earlier attacks, although it was -2 in Kyiv. Celsius (28 Fahrenheit), just a little chilly.
Debris from the missile fell on a non-residential area in Holusivskyi district, west of Kyiv, causing a fire but no one was injured, Kiev’s mayor said.
Residential infrastructure was also damaged in the village of Kopyliv in the region, just outside the capital. Regional governor Oleksiy Kolyba said the blast damaged or shattered windows and roofs of 18 privately owned houses.
Russian missiles were likely fired from the north with a high, looping ballistic trajectory, which would explain why the airstrike siren did not sound, Air Force spokesman Yuriy Akhnat said.
Ukraine is not capable of detecting and shooting down ballistic missiles, he told the Ukrainka Pravda online outlet.
Missiles hit Kharkiv.
In Ukraine’s northeast, Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Senhobov said two S-300 missiles fell on the city early Saturday near the Russian border.
He said the attacks damaged key energy infrastructure and industrial facilities in the region’s Kharkiv and Chuhoyu districts.
“Our emergency services units and energy workers are working to contain the fallout and stabilize the situation with energy supplies,” he said.
The governor of the central Cherkasy region warned that an attack could follow a major Russian missile attack later on Saturday, while the governor of Mykolaiv in the south said 17 Russian Tupolev fighter jets had taken off from their airbase. is full
But after his statements, the air strike alarm was raised in and around Kyiv.
The attacks on Saturday come as Ukrainian and Russian forces battle for control of Soledar, a small salt-mining town in eastern Ukraine that has been the focus of a Russian offensive for days.
Russia said on Friday that its forces had taken control of Soledar, a rare victory for Moscow after months of upheaval, but Kyiv said its troops were still Fighting in town.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the situation at Soledar.
Written by Tom Balmforth Editing by Angus MacSwan, Mark Heinrich and Frances Carey
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