Russia launched a new wave of missile attacks across Ukraine on Thursday morning, with Ukraine’s air force claiming it shot down 54 Russian winged cruise missiles out of 69 launched into Ukraine from Rostov in Russia, the Caspian sea and the Black sea. Earlier presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak claimed that more than 120 missiles had been fired.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, stated that three people were known to be injured in the country’s capital, including a 14-year-old girl. Two people had been rescued from a private house that had been struck by debris. Klitschko said 40% of the capital’s consumers are without electricity after the missile attack.
There were widespread reports of power outages as residents in cities across Ukraine were warned to stay in air raid shelters, charge their devices and stock up on water where possible. The city of Lviv was reported to be 90% without electricity as a result of the attacks. Maksym Kozytskyi, Lviv’s governor, said “air defence forces destroyed 70% of the missiles flying over Lviv region. Energy companies have already started repair work and should restore power supply in the regional centre by the end of the day.”