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Ukraine reports new barrage of widespread Russian strikes

Kyiv, Ukraine –

Ukrainian officials on Monday reported a new barrage of Russian missile strikes across the country, an attack that was anticipated as Russia seeks to disable Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure as winter approaches.

Media reported explosions in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih. In Odessa, the local water supply company said a missile strike cut off power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water.

“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, wrote on Telegram.

Air raid alerts sounded across the country and authorities urged people to take shelter.

A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman, Yuriy Ihnat, said Russia launched land-based missiles from southern Russia and ship-borne missiles from the Caspian and Black Seas. Russian strategic bombers also launched missiles, he said.

Ihnat warned that the Russians could attack in multiple waves to make it harder for Ukrainian air defenses to shoot down the missiles.

Earlier Monday, Russian media reported that explosions rocked two airbases in Russia. One of them reportedly happened at a base housing nuclear-capable strategic bombers that were involved in launching strikes against Ukraine.

Neither Ukrainian nor Russian authorities immediately commented on the possible cause of the explosions.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti said three servicemen were killed and six others injured, and a plane was damaged, early Monday when a tanker truck exploded at an air base in Ryazan, Idaho. western Russia. The base houses long range air tankers which are used to refuel the bombers in flight.

Separately, authorities in the Saratov region along the Volga River said they were checking reports of an explosion in the area of ​​Engels air base, which is home to Tu-95 strategic bombers. and Tu-160 which were involved in launching strikes against Ukraine. These bombers are capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Saratov Regional Governor Roman Busargin said there was no damage to civilian facilities and added that authorities were checking military facilities for incidents.

Regional media reported sounds of a powerful explosion near the Engels base, and some residents said they saw a flash of light coming from the area.

Asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin had been informed about the explosion at the Engels base, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov simply replied that the president was regularly informed of ongoing developments.

Advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Mykhailo Podolyak trolled the Russians about the drone attack on Engels, without claiming responsibility:

“The Earth is round – discovery made by Galileo. Astronomy was not studied in the Kremlin, giving preference to court astrologers. If so, they would know: if something is thrown into the airspace of other countries, sooner or later unknown flying objects will return to the starting point,” Podolyak tweeted.

Zelenskyy’s office said three rocket hits hit the president’s hometown of Kryvyi Rih in south-central Ukraine, killing one factory worker and injuring three others. In the northeast region of Kharkiv, one person was killed in S-300 missile strikes on civilian infrastructure in the city of Kupyansk, he added.

The war that began with Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine has displaced millions from their homes, killed and injured countless civilians, and shaken the global economy, including through spillovers to prices and the availability of foodstuffs, fertilizers and fuel which are the main exports of Ukraine and Russia.

Western countries on Monday began imposing a price cap of $60 a barrel and a ban on certain types of Russian oil, as part of new moves to bolster pressure against Moscow over the war.

The move prompted rejection from the Kremlin and also criticism from Zelenskyy – whose government wants the cap to be half as high.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, in charge of energy issues, warned in televised comments on Sunday that Russia would not sell its oil to countries trying to enforce the price cap.

“We will only sell oil and petroleum products to countries that will work with us on market terms, even if we have to cut production to some extent,” Novak said in televised remarks hours before the start of the war. force of the price cap.

The European bloc of 27 countries has also imposed an embargo on Russian oil shipped by sea.

Russia, the world’s second largest oil producer, relies on the sale of oil and gas to support its economy, which has already been subject to sweeping international sanctions following President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

In recent weeks, Russia has pounded Ukrainian infrastructure – including power plants – with military strikes and maintained an offensive in the east, including in and around the town of Bakhmut.

Russian forces also dug near the southern city of Kherson, which was retaken by Ukrainian forces last month after an 8-month occupation.

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