Putin spreads ‘terror and murder’ across Ukraine with new missile blitz leaving cities without power and claiming lives in Kyiv after newborn was killed in overnight maternity ward strike
- The mayor of Kyiv said air strikes hit an ‘infrastructure facility’ in the city today
- Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital, as sound of air sirens blared
- Comes after newborn baby killed after Russian missile strike hit a maternity ward
Russia is spreading ‘terror and murder’ across Ukraine today as cities across the country were pummelled by a relentless series of missile strikes.
The air strikes hit a two-storey residential building in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, killing at least one person, as well as critical infrastructure facilities in and around the city.
Authorities reported power outages in multiple cities of Ukraine, including parts of Kyiv and the entire western city of Lviv, and in neighbouring Moldova following the renewed Russian strikes.
An air raid alert was issued across all Ukraine and Ukrainian media carried reports of air defence systems in action in several parts of the country.
Multiple regions across Ukraine reported attacks in quick succession, suggesting a barrage of strikes. In several regions, authorities reported strikes on critical infrastructure.
In Kyiv, locals heard several loud explosions as air defence missiles flew overhead.
Emergency power outages also began in Kyiv, a local energy provider said.
‘[Missiles] hit on one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities. Stay in shelters! The air alert continues,’ Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram.
He gave no details of what infrastructure was hit. But Russian forces have increasingly targeted Ukrainian critical infrastructure in recent weeks as they faced setbacks on the battlefield following their invasion on February 24.
It comes after a newborn baby was killed after an overnight Russian missile strike hit a maternity ward in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region.
Firefighters were seen at the site of a fire caused by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv today
The air strikes hit a two-storey residential building in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, killing at least one person, as well as critical infrastructure facilities in and around the city. Pictured: A victim of the airstrike is seen led on the floor while covered in an emergency medical blanket
Locals carry a person injured in the Russian missile strike in a duvet cover in Kyiv on Wednesday
First responders arrived at the scene of a fire in Kyiv following the Russian missile strike on Wednesday
Overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday, ‘in the city of Vilniansk in Zaporizhzhia region, as a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital, the two-storey building of the maternity ward was destroyed,’ Ukrainian rescuers said on social media.
They added that there was ‘a woman in labour with a newborn baby as well as a doctor’ inside the building.
Reports initially said the baby was killed and that a new mother and a doctor were pulled from the rubble, and that they were the only people in the ward at the time.
The service specified in a follow-up post on Telegram that the rescued woman was the newborn’s mother. The region’s governor said the rockets were Russian.
A Russian missile struck the maternity ward of the Vilnianska Hospital near Zaporizhzhia, early Wednesday morning. Pictured: Firefighters search through the rubble of a building, Nov. 23
And now, Moscow launched further missile strikes on Kyiv and across Ukraine.
Russian attacks have knocked out power for long periods for up to 10 million consumers at a time. Ukraine’s national power grid operator said on Wednesday more blackouts would be necessary across the country.
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