Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Strikes hit Kyiv, Kharkiv critical infrastructure - The Washington Post

KYIV — A fresh wave of Russian attacks struck ten Ukrainian regions on Monday morning, the country's prime minister said, damaging more than a dozen critical infrastructure facilities and prompting officials to warn of sustained power outages across the country. Kyiv's mayor reported that 80 percent of the city was without water after a nearby energy facility was damaged.

The barrage of strikes comes two days after drones damaged Russian warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, which Ukraine has not taken responsibility for. Following that attack, Moscow withdrew from a U.N.-brokered deal to safeguard grain being exported out of Ukraine's Black Sea ports, triggering concerns for global food supplies.

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  • Multiple districts in the capital have been cut off from power, and water supplies are affected, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, adding that engineers are working to restore electricity. The regional police chief said several houses had sustained damage to their roofs.
  • Two strikes hit critical infrastructure in the city of Kharkiv, its mayor said on Telegram, leaving part of the region without power. In Zaporizhzhia, the governor also accused Russian forces of damaging a critical infrastructure facility.No casualties have been reported so far but officials warned of interruptions to infrastructure supplies.
  • Ukraine said it resumed agricultural exports out of its Black Sea ports on Monday despite Russia's withdrawal from the United Nations-brokered grain deal safeguarding the passage of the cargo vessels. According to Reuters, Turkey and the U.N. also resumed their inspection of ships departing Ukraine.
  • Cargo ships leave Ukraine after Russia withdraws from U.N.-brokered grain deal Return to menu

    Twelve ships containing agricultural products successfully left Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Monday, the country's infrastructure ministry reported, after Russia suspended its participation in a United Nations-brokered deal to secure safe passage for cargo ships traveling to and from Ukrainian ports.

    "12 ships with 354.5 thousand tons of agricultural products left the Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdennyi sea ports today for the needs of Africa, Asia, and Europe," the ministry said.

    Turkey and the United Nations also restarted their inspection of vessels departing Ukraine under the Black Sea grain deal on Monday, Reuters reported.

    Russia hit 18 targets in 10 regions, Ukraine's prime minister says Return to menu

    A wave of Russian missile and drone attacks damaged 18 targets in 10 Ukrainian regions Monday morning, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in a Telegram post.

    Most of the targets were energy-related, he added, suggesting a coordinated effort by Russia's military to damage Ukraine's critical infrastructure.

    Shmyhal said the attacks cut off supplies to hundreds of settlements in seven regions, he said, with power outages continuing in the Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions. He did not name all the regions reported to be affected.

    Rescuers search for civilian victims after strikes hit buildings in Kyiv region Return to menu

    Andrii Nebytov, Kyiv's regional police chief, said rescuers are on the scene after buildings in one of the region's districts were hit in Monday morning's barrage. "There are victims," he said.

    In a post on Telegram, Nebytov urged people to stay in shelters. He said Ukraine's air defenses shot down some Russian missiles, but the threat of further strikes remains.

    A list of regions reporting Russian strikes on critical infrastructure Return to menu

    Here's what officials in four Ukrainian regions are saying about strikes so far, in what appears to be a deliberate attempt by Moscow to damage the country's critical infrastructure. Ukraine's prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, said ten regions were hit but did not name all of them.

  • Kyiv region: Russian strikes damaged buildings, and rescuers are searching for victims, the regional police said. Attacks left 80 percent of the capital without water and are likely to cause sustained power outages, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.
  • Kharkiv: Two strikes hit critical infrastructure facilities in the eastern city, causing problems with the water supply and affecting the public transit network, the mayor said.
  • Zaporizhzhia region: An infrastructure facility was struck by rockets, the local governor said, prompting warnings from officials in the southern region that energy supplies there could also be affected.
  • Cherkasy region: Some of the region lost power after air attacks on infrastructure facilities, the military administrator said.
  • U.S. ambassador to Kyiv seeks shelter Return to menu

    Bridget A. Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said she is seeking shelter from strikes against Kyiv and accused Russia of targeting civilian infrastructure.

    She accused Moscow of continuing "callous and barbaric missile strikes on the people of Ukraine in an effort to leave the country cold and dark as we approach winter."

    Russia 'fights civilians,' Ukrainian foreign minister says Return to menu

    "Another batch of Russian missiles hits Ukraine's critical infrastructure," Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, tweeted Monday after reports of a new wave of attacks against the country. "Instead of fighting on the battlefield, Russia fights civilians."

    Kuleba urged his followers to not "justify" the strikes by calling them a response to the weekend drone attack on Russian warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for that attack.

    Civilians warned to prepare for emergency power cuts Return to menu

    Ukrainians should prepare for long-term power outages as a result of the "massive" shelling of facilities in multiple regions by Russian forces, a Ukrainian presidential adviser warned.

    Kyrylo Tymoshenko, a deputy in the presidential office, added that although some missiles were shot down by Ukraine's anti-air defenses, others hit their targets.

    In the capital, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said engineers are working to restore electricity after a facility that supplies power to 350,000 Kyiv apartments was struck.

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    Critical infrastructure targeted by air across Ukraine Return to menu

    In addition to strikes in the capital, Kyiv, officials from at least three other regions have reported Russian airstrikes against infrastructure targets — suggesting a coordinated wave of attacks by Moscow on Monday morning.

    In Zaporizhzhia, the governor accused Russian forces of damaging a critical infrastructure facility. He said in a Telegram post that the rockets, fired from aircraft, struck around 8 a.m. No casualties have been reported so far, but officials warned that infrastructure supplies could be affected.

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    Strikes target infrastructure in the capital Return to menu

    KYIV — Explosions were heard in central Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine in what appeared to be a massive Russian missile attack two days after drone strikes damaged Russian warships off the coast of Crimea. Ukraine has not taken responsibility for attacking the ships. As a result of one airstrike in the capital, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, some areas are now without water and power.


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