Ukraine war: Russia strikes energy facilities in several cities, Mykolaiv ‘residential block’ hit

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More Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities have been reported, the day after at least nine people were killed in the latest wave of attacks using missiles and so-called “kamikaze drones”.

A Russian missile struck an apartment building in the southern Ukrainian port of Mykolaiv early on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said.

The missile, which caused one of three explosions heard, completely destroyed one wing of the building in the city centre, leaving a massive crater. A fire crew pulled the dead body of a man from the rubble, the witness said. 

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy said one person had died in the attack. Responding to Tuesday’s new wave of attacks, he again accused Russia of trying to “terrorise and kill civilians”.

Power facilities have been targeted in several cities around the country, including the capital.

Russian forces attacked energy infrastructure in northern Kyiv, causing several explosions and sending smoke rising over the city, Ukrainian officials and witnesses said on Tuesday.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office, said there had been three Russian strikes on an unspecified energy facility. The city mayor said the attack was on “critical infrastructure” and emergency workers were heading there.

There have also been fresh strikes on energy infrastructure in Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Zhytomyr around 100 kilometres to the west of the capital, reports the Kyiv Independent, quoting local officials.

“Ukraine is under fire by the occupiers. They continue to do what they do best — terrorise and kill civilians,” Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “The terrorist state will not change anything for itself with such actions. It will only confirm its destructive and murderous essence, for which it will certainly be held to account.”

Monday brought Russian strikes on the capital Kyiv and other cities in which at least nine people were killed, the second wave of air strikes in a week. Ukraine said the attacks were carried out by Iran-made “suicide drones”, which fly to their target and detonate.

The United States, Britain and France agreed that Iran supplying drones to Russia would violate a UN Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers.

Several EU foreign ministers on Monday called for sanctions against Iran over the transfer of drones to Russia. The White House accused Iran of lying over its denials that Iranian drones are being used by Moscow in Ukraine.

In a separate development, Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company accused Russia on Tuesday of “kidnapping” two more senior staff at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine.

The power station’s head of information technology, Oleh Kostyukov, and Oleh Oshek, an assistant to the plant’s director, were seized on Monday, Energoatom wrote on the Telegram app on Tuesday.

“At present, nothing is known of their whereabouts or condition,” its statement said.