The capital city of Kyiv, the Black Sea port of Odesa, and the northeastern city of Kharkiv have all been hit by a barrage of Russian missiles, according to Ukrainian officials and media sources.
Air raid sirens were sounded across Ukraine early on Thursday as a result of the missile attacks.
The blasts in the Svyatoshynsky and Holosiivskyi districts of Kyiv, according to the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko, injured two people.
He went on to say that around 15% of Kyiv residents had their power switched off ahead of time.
According to Governor Oleh Syniehubov, 15 missiles in eastern Ukraine targeted the city of Kharkiv and the surrounding region, striking residential structures. He made a commitment to provide additional information about the extent of the harm or any fatalities in the second-largest city in Ukraine.
“Objects of critical infrastructure is again in the crosshairs of the occupants,” he said in a Telegram post.
Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, said on Telegram that there were “problems with electricity” in various areas of the city.
Governor Maksym Marchenko of the Odesa region said on Telegram that a large-scale missile attack had struck an energy complex in the port city, shutting off power.
He warned locals to remain in bunkers since several missiles had been shot down by anti-aircraft units and more strikes may be forthcoming.
“Fortunately, there are no casualties. Electricity restrictions are in effect,” the governor added.
Additional explosions were recorded in Chernihiv, a city in the north, the Lviv region, in the west, as well as in Dnipro, Lutsk, and Rivne. Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil in western Ukraine were the locations of further explosions, according to Ukrainian media.
Energoatom, a state-owned energy firm in Ukraine, said that the missile attacks caused the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor, which is governed by Russia, to lose power. The captured Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant’s final connection to the Ukrainian electricity grid, it said in a statement, had been severed.
According to Energoatom, the fifth and sixth reactors have been shut down, and the plant’s 18 diesel generators, which have enough fuel for ten days, can provide power that it needs to function.
According to the provider DTEK, preventive emergency power cuts were implemented in the areas of Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, and Odesa.
Also, several locations saw power shortages, according to Ukrainian Railways.
It stated that 10 trains were delayed by more than 30 minutes, while five trains were delayed by more than an hour.