Russia fires over 50 missiles on critical Ukraine infrastructure, people advised to take shelter

Ukrainian building after being hit by Russian strikes. [File Photo]

Officials in Ukraine reported Russian attacks on critical infrastructure on Monday, with various media organisations reporting that 50 missiles were fired.

All Ukrainian regions sounded the alarm in the morning, with the international media reporting explosions in several parts of the country, including the capital Kiev.

Anton Gerashchenko, an aide to the interior minister, urged people to take cover in shelters, claiming on social media that “at the moment, there are already 40 [Russian] missiles” incoming at targets in the country, Russian TV network RT reported.

Some hits have been confirmed by regional officials, one report said, adding, 50 missiles were fired that hit the critical infrastructure in Ukraine.

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko reported that strikes on the capital had caused a partial blackout and disrupted the water supply.

He said that due to damage to energy infrastructure, some 350,000 apartments were without power.

The RT report quoting Kharkov Mayor Igor Terekhov, said, there were two airstrikes, which targeted a “critical infrastructure site.” The city’s metro system also suspended work.

Igor Taburets, the head of the Cherkasy regional administration, reported an attack on critical infrastructure too, adding that it had caused a partial blackout. His counterpart in Vinnitsa Region, Sergey Bozov, claimed that one missile was intercepted and “fell on civilian sites.”

A report on social media, claimed a transformer station serving the Dnieper hydropower plant in the city of Zaporozhye had been hit. Footage purportedly shot near the station’s dam showed black smoke billowing into the sky.

Russia started targeting Ukrainian energy sites earlier this month. President Vladimir Putin justified the change of tactic by what he described as Kiev’s ‘sabotage’ attacks on critical Russian infrastructure.

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