On Monday, multiple cities in Ukraine were hit with a barrage of devastating Russian airstrikes that damaged infrastructure in eight regions of the country.
“Russian Federation has used 84 cruise missiles and 24 UAV, including 13 Iranian Shahid-136 drones,” Ukraine’s military’s General Staff said, adding that 56 of the Russian weapons were destroyed – 43 cruise missiles and 13 UAVs, which included 10 kamikaze drones.
Critical infrastructure facilities, mainly energy supply facilities, were hit in eight regions and in the city of Kyiv, where more than 30 fires broke out, according to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service (SES).
“As a result of the terrorist attack, 11 people died and 64 were injured,” SES added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting following the attacks vowing to restore power saying, “The enemy has damaged our energy infrastructure, but now we are doing everything necessary to quickly restore electricity supply.”
“The infrastructure that provides mobile communication was not damaged. In some places, there were interruptions due to lack of power supply,” Zelensky said.
“It is important to reduce electricity consumption from 5 to 10 pm. This will ease the load on our power grid and reduce the need for emergency outages,” he said.
“We are holding on. We are working. We are united,” he continued.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Denys Shmygal, added that dozens of missiles had hit energy infrastructure in 11 regions and the capital city of Kyiv.
“Power supply has been disrupted in almost the whole of Ukraine. Eight regions suffer water supply problems,” Shmygal said.
“Preliminary data shows most of the energy facilities will be reconnected today. The rest will start working tomorrow,” Shmygal said.
“Power is back in Sumy already. We are on the way in Zhytomyr and Kharkiv. Emergency schedule of turning the power off is in place in Kyiv and Kyiv region, Chernigiv, Cherkassy and Zhytomyr regions,” Shmygal said.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks were in response to the Kerch bridge attack in what he calls an act of “terrorism.”
“The guided missile cruiser Moskva and the Kerch bridge – two notorious symbols of Russian power in Ukrainian Crimea – have gone down,” tweeted Ukraine’s ministry of defense on Saturday. “What’s next in line, russkies?”
According to CNN, Russian officials said a fuel truck exploded, but two spans of the road crossing in the direction of Crimea appear to have collapsed.
However, in a statement Monday, Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency claimed that Moscow had been planning a “massive” missile attack on Ukraine since early last week.
The agency said Russian military units had “received instructions from the Kremlin to prepare massive missile strikes on the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine on October 2 and 3.”
“The facilities of critical civil infrastructure and the central districts of densely populated Ukrainian cities were identified as targets,” the statement added.