Ukraine shot down 60 Russian missiles during new mass attack on energy system

On December 5, Russia launched a second massive missile assault on Ukraine, again targeting the nation’s energy infrastructure.

60 out of 70 missiles intercepted

The Ukrainian Air Force said that 60 of the 70 missiles fired by Russia were intercepted.

Nevertheless, according to the state energy grid operator Ukrenergo, Russian forces were able to strike electricity infrastructure installations in the oblasts of Kyiv, Vinnytsia, and Odesa.

Strikes caused power disruptions in several regions

At least six regions, including Odesa, Mykolaiv, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, and Cherkasy, experienced emergency power disruptions due to the strikes.

Four people killed by Russian missiles

According to police, at least four people were killed in the incident, and at least one person was wounded in Odesa Oblast, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the President’s Office.

Since the beginning of October, Russia has started attacking Ukraine’s vital infrastructure, openly saying that its energy sector is its top priority.

Since October 10, Russia has attacked Ukraine’s infrastructure six times, the most recent being a massive missile strike on December 5.

Russia attempts to destroy vital infrastructure

In the earlier attacks, Russia fired scores of missiles at once, killing civilians, destroying vital infrastructure, and bringing nationwide outages. According to the Ukrainian government, Russian assaults caused the electricity infrastructure in Ukraine to be damaged to half as of November 18.

According to the Geneva Conventions, attacking vital public infrastructure is a war crime.

The Ukraine’s electrical grid is “working and remains intact,” according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, despite a further large-scale attack and emergency blackouts.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that emergency agencies are already trying to restore power. Zelensky declared, “Our people will never give up.”

At least eight regions saw explosions in the early afternoon when the nation was again placed on a nationwide air alert.

Moldova suffered power outages too

Moldova also experienced power outages due to the Russian shelling, which followed blackouts brought on by Russia’s massive attacks on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine on November 23 and 15.

The missile attack by Russia impacted Moldova. During the strike, a missile fragment was discovered close to the village of Briceni in northern Moldova, close to the Ukrainian border.

Although its origin is still unknown, the missile was discovered during Russia’s missile attack on Ukraine.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko, the missile discovered in Moldova demonstrated how Russia’s war was also endangering Ukraine’s neighbors.

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