Russia escalates attack as multiple explosions, power shortage rock Ukraine


New Delhi: Several explosions were heard in central Kiev on Monday. air raid sirens Residents are being urged to take shelter. It comes as nearly a dozen people were injured in a Russian drone strike in southern Ukraine and a major Russian power plant caught fire after a Ukrainian drone strike.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko instructed residents on social media to immediately go into shelters and said emergency services had been dispatched to three districts of the capital. The head of Kiev's military administration said a Russian missile had damaged a residential building in the Pechersky district, with further details yet to be confirmed.
In recent days, Russia has stepped up its airstrikes on Kiev, targeting critical infrastructure in response to Ukrainian bombing of Russian border areas.
Missile debris falls on buildings
A three-storey building in central Kiev was reported seriously damaged in a Russian missile strike on Monday morning, with missile debris also falling in three other districts of the city. Eyewitnesses saw plumes of smoke rising from the eastern part of the city and explosions were heard throughout Kiev.
The city's military administration said a multi-storey non-residential building in the Pechersk district was damaged, while two people were reported injured. Debris was also reported in Solomyansky, Holosiivsky and Dnipro districts.
US Ambassador to Kiev Bridget Brink confirmed that Russia had deployed hypersonic missiles in the attack on the Ukrainian capital, underscoring the widespread nature of the attack.
Ukraine, Russia increase use of drones
In southern Ukraine, about a dozen people were injured in a Russian drone attack, after the use of Ukrainian drones in the area caused a fire at a major Russian power plant. Ukrainian officials revealed that Russian drones targeted areas of Mykolaiv and Odessa, causing disruption to energy infrastructure and power outages in parts of Odessa. Ukrainian army spokeswoman Natalia Gumenyuk reported that 11 people were injured in Mykolaiv as a result of the drone strike.
In Russia, a fire broke out at the Novocherkassk power station in the Rostov region after Ukrainian drone strikes, forcing the temporary shutdown of two power units.
Gas storage targeted, blackouts in Ukraine
Earlier, an underground gas storage site in Ukraine was targeted in a Russian missile attack. The state energy company, Naftogaz, confirmed the attack, but assured consumers that gas supplies would be unaffected, with repair work ongoing to repair the damage.
President Volodymyr Zelensky noted ongoing efforts to restore power in various regions, particularly highlighting challenges in Kharkiv. To combat energy shortages resulting from the attacks, Ukraine increased electricity imports, suspended exports and implemented rolling blackouts to manage the situation.
Zelensky revealed that more than 200,000 residents in Kharkiv were without stable electricity, necessitating a strict power usage schedule in the city. The Energy Ministry said electricity imports were increased to compensate for capacity lost following the Russian attacks. Russia's targeting of critical energy infrastructure across Ukraine has intensified, with ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of these attacks on the country's power systems.
Russian forces attacked targets across Ukraine in 2022 after Putin vowed to “demilitarize” the country and replace its leaders. The war has now entered its third year and shows no signs of a ceasefire.
(with agency input)

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