Lviv, Ukraine, Dec 29 (EFE).- Air raid alerts were activated across Ukraine on Thursday as Russia launched yet another large-scale wave of missile attacks, Ukrainian officials reported.
Mykhailo Podolyak, a presidential office aide, said on Twitter that more than 120 missiles were fired by “the ‘evil Russian world’ to destroy critical infrastructure and kill civilians en masse.”
Ukraine’s air force said that Kyiv and other major cities came under attack from massive missile strikes Thursday morning.
“The enemy is attacking Ukraine from various directions with air and sea-based cruise missiles from strategic aircraft and ships,” an official statement reported, according to the Ukrinform news agency.
Kyiv mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said several explosions were heard in Kyiv and warned of possible power outages, urging civilians to charge their cell phones and stock up on water supplies.
Attacks were also reported in other major Ukrainian cities.
Energy infrastructure was struck in the eastern city of Kharkiv. According to Ukraine’s armed forces, some 11 missiles fired by Russians forces were countered.
In the western city of Lviv, nearly all residents were left without electricity Thursday following Russian missile attacks, according to mayor Andriy Sadoviy.
Ninety percent of “Lviv is without light. We are waiting for additional information from energy experts,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Trams and trolleybuses do not run in the city. There may be interruptions with the water supply. We (are) switching critical infrastructure facilities to diesel generators,” he said.
Mykolaiv governor Vitaliy Kim confirmed that several Russian missiles were shot down over the Black Sea in southern Ukraine.
Russian forces have been targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure sites recurrently since October.EFE