Russia fires 76 missiles targeting major Ukrainian cities

- including Odesa and the capital Kyiv

Russia fires 76 missiles targeting major Ukrainian cities

Moscow/Kyiv: Russia responded strongly to the advanced weapons supplied to Ukraine by the United States and other Western countries and attacks on Russian soil. On Friday, Russian armed forces fired as many as 76 missiles at major cities in Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv. It is the 10th time Russia has launched such a large-scale missile attack in the last three months. In Friday’s attack, facilities providing telecommunication services and electricity and water supply systems are also said to have taken a major hit.

76 missilesOver the past few weeks, Russia has stepped up drone attacks and other strikes in Kherson and other areas as it escalated its offensive in the Donbas region. Therefore, from the statements of the leaders and officials of Ukraine, Kyiv appears to be becoming weary. Western alliance has stepped forward to help Ukraine recover from this situation and announced providing additional financial assistance and weaponry. The US has also shown readiness to provide Patriot missiles to Ukraine.

At the same time, Ukrainian special forces and other armed groups have begun targeting Russian territory, which includes defence bases and fuel reserves. A severe reaction had emerged from Russia over the military assistance and ground attacks. Friday’s missile attack is also believed to be a part of the response. On Friday morning, Russia launched attacks on most of Ukraine’s cities, including Kyiv. It includes cities in central Ukraine, including Kharkiv, Sumy, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Kryvyi Rih and Poltava. Electricity and water supply have been disrupted in most of these cities. Local authorities informed that a blackout had been put in place again in some cities. As the attacks also hit networks providing internet facilities, this service is said to have been disrupted as well. Further, there have been claims of heavy casualties in some areas. Ukraine reported Russia using Tu-95, Tu-22, Su-35, MiG-31 aircraft; Kh-101, Kh-555, Kh-22, Kh- 59, Kalibr and ‘S-300’ missiles for attacks. Ukraine has also said that missiles were fired from submarines and warships in the Black Sea area.

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In October, Russia launched a series of missile strikes against Ukraine. As the Russian offensive began, some reports said Russia was running out of missile stockpiles. However, Russia proved these claims and reports wrong as it launched missile attacks on Ukraine eight times in the last two months. With it, Russia has shown its defence capabilities. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the missile strikes in talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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