About 75 Russian missiles were sent into Ukrainian territory. Kyiv was bombed for the first time since June 26. The western part of Lviv was also affected.
Strikes to the west
Strikes were notably reported in Lviv and Dnipro (center) and Zaporizhia (south), far from the front, in the west, targeting the capital Kew for the first time since June 26. “They are trying to destroy us all and wipe us off the face of the earth,” Mr. Zelensky replied.
“The capital is under attack by Russian terrorists”, for his part, pointed out the mayor of Kyiv Vitaly Klitschko on the social network Telegram. In Kiev, AFP saw several ambulances drive into the city center, where three loud explosions were heard around 8:15 a.m. local time (7:15 a.m. Belgium time), followed by others. Huge plumes of black smoke were seen.
“At this point, five people died and 12 were injured,” police said on Facebook, adding that “most of the blasts took place in the center of the Ukrainian capital.”
Iranian combat drones against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure
Russia began a bombing campaign on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, citing attacks by dozens of missiles and Iranian drones.
“They want panic and chaos, they want to destroy the energy system,” he said in a video posted on social media, adding that “dozens of missiles” and strikes by Iranian Shahed drones targeted the country from north to south and east. In the west, touching Kiev, as well as Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhya, Soumi, Kharkiv or Zhytomyr regions.
“Temporary power outages are possible, but there will be no disruption to our hope for victory,” Volodymyr Zelensky insisted, in a video shot outside downtown Q. “The enemy wants us to be afraid and people to flee, but we can go forward and we can show it on the battlefield,” he added, calling on Ukrainians to stay in their shelters.
Power and hot water cuts were reported, especially in Lviv, in the west of the region. “Part of the city is now without electricity” and “due to the power cut (…) there is no hot water at the moment,” he announced on Facebook, after strikes “on the energy infrastructure” of the Lviv region were announced by the region. Governor.
The bombings come two days after the Crimean bridge explosion
The Kremlin announced that Vladimir Putin will convene his Security Council on Monday, which includes key ministers, political leaders and representatives of the Russian security services and military.
On Sunday, Mr. Putin accused kyiv of orchestrating an explosion that partially destroyed the Crimean bridge linking Russia with the annexed peninsula on Saturday, citing a “terrorist act”. In 2018 Mr. The explosion of the bridge, inaugurated by Putin and symbolic of its annexation of Crimea in 2014, marks a new setback for Russia at a time when its forces are strained in Ukraine.
Car and train traffic resumed on Saturday hours after a blast that killed three people and detonated a truck by Russian authorities. “The perpetrators, artists and sponsors are the Ukrainian secret services,” Putin promised after a meeting with the head of the Russian intelligence service, according to a video released by the Kremlin. “There is no doubt that this was an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critical Russian civilian infrastructure.”
Kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement. President Zelensky was content to joke in a video about “cloudy” weather in Crimea on Saturday – a reference to smoke from fires – “even though it’s hot there too”. He promised Crimea “without invaders” in the same video.
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