KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukraine said Monday that Russia launched a new wave of missile attacks across the country, including in Kyiv. The strikes appeared in retaliation for what Russia said was a Ukrainian drone attack on its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
However, footage emerged apparently showing Russian rockets being shot down around Kyiv. Ukraine’s military claimed its air defenses managed to shoot down 44 out of the roughly 50 Russian cruise missiles fired Monday. But it wasn’t possible to verify these numbers independently.
And authorities admitted that several missiles hit their targets, injuring more than a dozen people. Smoke rose above Kyiv as several explosions rocked the city, reportedly leaving some 350,000 homes without power.
The capital’s mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, said eighty percent of Kyiv has been left without water supplies as Russian rockets damaged critical infrastructure early Monday.
Regional authorities in northern, eastern, and central Ukraine also reported Russian missile strikes.
As winter approaches, Russia has been increasing its attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
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Officials say besides Kyiv, power cuts have also hit the north-eastern city of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia in the south.
It comes after Russia accused Ukraine of a “massive” drone attack that damaged a warship of its Black Sea Fleet in the port city of Sevastopol in occupied Crimea.
Moscow annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Following the alleged Ukrainian attack, Russia said it was pulling out of the internationally-brokered deal that allows Ukraine to export grain from its Black Sea ports.
The move could impact millions of impoverished people as the region is a breadbasket of the world. However, Kyiv said a dozen ships carrying grain still managed to leave ports on Monday.
Amid the war and related sanctions against Russia, Norway has become the biggest exporter of natural gas to the European Union, accounting for about a quarter of the bloc’s imports.
The Scandinavian country said it would tighten its security from November 1 amid concerns about possible Russian sabotage.
Following a Nord Stream pipeline leak, Norway already deployed troops to guard offshore platforms and onshore facilities.
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