Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine on Saturday as Russia launched another series of missile strikes across the country.
Rockets and explosions could be heard from everywhere Lviv in the West; Kharkiv in the northeast; Zaporizhia and Dnipro in the south East; myocaliv in the south; and Kharkiv to the northeast, officials said.
Authorities in Kyiv said there had been an “attack on the capital”. According to the head of the military administration of the Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, the explosions could be heard as early as 6 a.m. local time. Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said strikes had hit the city’s east bank, where several power plants were located. The exact locations of the explosions could not be immediately verified by CNN. A dense fog covered much of the city.
However, Oleksandr Pavliuk, a Kyiv-based commander of the Ukrainian army, said the blasts in Kyiv were not caused by Russian attacks.
“The blasts are not related to the threat from the air or air defenses or any military actions,” Pavliuk wrote on the encrypted social media app Telegram. “If there had been a threat – you would have heard the alarm. The cause of the explosions will be reported separately.”
No casualties had been reported as of Saturday afternoon, but that could change as a nine-story apartment building was hit in Dnipro. At least 10 people, including two children, were injured, according to Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnepropetrovsk regional military administration. Three are in serious condition.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, rescued 15 people from the rubble.
Russia’s latest nationwide salvo appeared to target critical infrastructure across Ukraine as the Kremlin continues efforts to limit the country’s ability to self-heat and self-power in the dead of winter.
All eyes are on it on the battlefield Soledar, a city of little strategic value that Russia is trying to retake in hopes of giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a symbolic victory. Various units of Ukraine’s military said Soledar remains the scene of “bitter fighting”. The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that its forces took control of the city, although Kyiv denies this.
After a comprehensive assessment of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, several Western governments have decided to heed Zelenskyy’s longstanding call to supply modern main battle tanks to Kyiv.
France, Poland and the UK have pledged to soon send tanks to Ukraine’s military to help in its efforts to protect itself from Russia. Finland is considering following this example. Britain said it plans to send a dozen Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems. Poland plans to send a company of German-built Leopard tanks, while France will supply its domestic-built AMX 10 RCs.
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