Russia battered Ukraine’s energy facilities Tuesday with its largest barrage of missiles yet, striking targets from east to west and “causing widespread blackouts” according to the Associated Press.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shook his fist and declared, “We will survive everything.”
Zelenskyy said Russia fired at least 85 missiles, “most of them at our energy infrastructure,” and shut down power in many cities.
“We’re working, will restore everything. We will survive everything,” the president vowed. His energy minister said it was “the most massive” bombardment of power facilities in the nearly 9-month-old Russian invasion.
The aerial assault, which resulted in at least one death in a residential building in the capital, Kyiv, followed days of euphoria in Ukraine sparked by one of its biggest military successes — the retaking last week of the southern city of Kherson.
Zelenskyy said around 20 more strikes might be on the way. He urged people to stay safe and seek shelter.
The US Department of State tweeted on Tuesday, “New reporting through the #ConflictObservatory indicates the scale of destruction in Mariupol, Ukraine, resulting from Russia’s full-scale invasion. Since February, more than 2,600 buildings have been damaged or destroyed.”
“Most of the hits were recorded in the center and in the north of the country.
In the capital, the situation is very difficult,” said a senior official, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.