Russia stages major airstrike on Ukraine

Russia stages major airstrike on Ukraine; one missile enters Polish airspace. Moscow launched 57 missiles and drones in the attack that also targeted the capital Kyiv

Russia stages major airstrike on Ukraine
File photo: Ukrainian service members of the 55th Separate Artillery Brigade fire a Caesar self-propelled howitzer towards Russian troops, in Donetsk region on May 31, 2023.

Russia attacked critical infrastructure in western Ukraine’s Lviv region with a missile on Sunday, Kyiv said. Warsaw said it was a significant airstrike and that a Russian cruise missile briefly entered Polish airspace.

Two days after the biggest airstrike on Ukraine’s energy systems in more than two years of all-out war, Moscow shot down 57 missiles and drones in the attack, which also targeted the capital Kiev, Kiev said.

“There were two preliminary attacks on the same critical infrastructure facilities that the occupiers attacked during the night,” Lviv regional governor Maksim Kozytsky said on the messaging app Telegram.

He added that the attack used Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, which are difficult to shoot down, but did not name the facility.

According to the Ministry of Energy, a critical energy facility in the Lviv region was attacked, causing equipment to catch fire and causing a power outage. It is unclear whether they are the same facility.

According to the Air Force, air defense forces destroyed 18 of the 29 incoming missiles and 25 of the 28 attack drones. Although few details of the damage were disclosed, the attack on critical infrastructure signals Russia’s efforts to maintain pressure on energy systems after Friday’s attack caused widespread power outages. There is a possibility that there are.

The Energy Ministry said Ukraine, which had been exporting electricity in recent weeks, had sharply increased electricity imports and halted exports on Sunday following attacks on its energy system.

Multiple explosions occurred in Kiev early in the morning as air defense forces destroyed about a dozen missiles in the skies over the capital and its surrounding areas, said Serhiy Popko, head of the Kiev military administration. Crowds gathered in the basement of a metro station in central Kiev early in the morning to ensure safety, some sleeping on sleeping pads.

The Russian government has been attacking Ukraine for several days in what it says is retaliation for attacks on Ukraine during the Russian presidential election.

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