Russia has launched a barrage of missiles on the Ukrainian power grid.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Russia unleashed a new wave of airstrikes at Ukraine, aimed at destroying the power grid.
Significant disruption to the power grid was reported, mainly in the east. In the south, Odesa was without power. Ukraine says four people were killed.
But the strikes, which came nearly two weeks after the last, may have done less damage than on previous occasions.
Ukraine says it shot down 60 of the 70 missiles fired by Russia. Moscow says it hit all 17 of its targets.
In his video address late on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes had also hit electricity supplies in neighbouring Moldova.
“This once again proves that Russia’s ability to carry out such massive terrorist attacks is a threat not only to Ukraine, but also to our entire region.”
Previous Russian attacks have hit Ukraine’s energy grid, leaving millions without electricity and heat as winter arrives.
Warnings that Russia was planning a fresh wave of attacks have been circulating for several days. They eventually arrived just hours after a series of explosions at two airbases deep inside Russia, which Moscow blamed on Ukrainian drones intercepted by Russian air defences.
Three servicemen were killed, and two aircraft were lightly damaged in the explosions, Russia’s defence ministry said. Ukraine has yet to comment.
For Ukraine’s hard-pressed electrical engineers, Monday’s missile strikes are likely to mean another round of emergency repairs, often to facilities hit repeatedly in recent weeks.
Before today’s strikes, officials in Kyiv were talking about moving from highly disruptive emergency blackouts, which often last for many hours, to more manageable scheduled power cuts, which offer civilians some badly needed predictability.
Those plans may now be on hold, but it seems Monday’s damage could be less extensive than in previous attacks.
Another striking feature of the latest Russian strikes is the apparent absence of Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones.
Ukrainian officials recently said Russia had used up its supply of unmanned vehicles. Another Ukrainian military official said cold weather had prevented Russia from deploying them.
Either way, they do not appear to have been used since mid-November.
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