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On January 26, the Russian military launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine. On Thursday morning, an air raid alert was announced throughout the country. By data Natalya Gumenyuk, press secretary of the operational command “South”, the Armed Forces of Ukraine recorded the activity of the strategic aviation of the Russian Federation from the direction of the Caspian Sea. Also, three rocket carriers equipped with 20 Caliber missiles entered the Black Sea.
Advisor to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko reported on cruise missile launches from Volgodonsk and the Caspian Sea region. Head of the military administration of the Nikolaev region Vitaly Kim declared about at least five missiles launched. The press secretary of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuri Ignat, spoke about missile launches from six Russian Tu-95 bombers from the Murmansk region. “We are expecting more than 30 missiles, which have already begun to appear in different areas,” clarified he.
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak around 8:30 local time declared about the first downed Russian missiles. Local authorities report that air defense systems are operating in the regions. Information about explosions in Kyiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Nikolaev, Zhytomyr, Vinnitsa regions appeared in the Ukrainian media and publics. The heads of administrations urge citizens to stay in shelters and not to publish photos and videos of the explosions.
More than 15 rockets were fired at Kyiv, claim in the city military administration. Mayor of the capital Vitali Klitschko reported about explosions in the Dneprovsky district of the city. In the Goloseevsky district of Kyiv, as a result of the fall of parts of a rocket on a non-residential building, one person was killed and two more were injured, added he. In addition, hits were recorded in the Vinnitsa region, told in the military administration of the region. Same damaged two objects of the energy infrastructure of the Odessa region. No casualties have been reported.
In several regions due to the threat of Russian shelling introduced emergency power outages. In particular, the power was turned off preventively in Kyiv, Krivoy Rog, Kyiv, Odessa, Kirovograd, Dnepropetrovsk regions. Authorities said it was a necessary measure to avoid significant damage to energy infrastructure if Russian missiles hit their target. In Kyiv stopped working surface metro stations, passengers are transported only underground, underground stations work as a shelter from shelling. Same reported about the delay of a number of railway trains, in particular, flights “Ivano-Frankivsk – Kyiv” and “Kyiv – Lviv”.
On the night of January 26, the Russian military attacked Ukraine with 24 Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones, the Air Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. “The drones were destroyed by anti-aircraft missile units, fighter aircraft, mobile fire groups of the air force in cooperation with air defense units of other components of the Ukrainian defense forces,” the Ukrainian military said in a statement. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has not yet commented on the night or morning attacks.
The last time the Russian army launched massive missile strikes on Ukraine was on January 14. Then one of the rockets hit a nine-story residential building in the Dnieper. As a result, 45 people died. The Russian authorities denied that they were bombing residential buildings. The Ministry of Defense stated that the missile attack was carried out on the “military command and control system of Ukraine and related energy facilities” and all designated targets were successfully hit.
Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Scanpix / LETA