Russia launches at least 76 missiles at critical infrastructure. Commander of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi tallied that Russia launched 76 missiles at critical infrastructure throughout the country. He then claimed that national air defenses were able to intercept and down a whopping 60 of the missiles.
More attacks rocked the capital as well. “Due to damage to energy infrastructure, there are interruptions to water supplies in all areas of the capital,” a statement by Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko indicated. City authorities temporarily halted metro lines in order to provide a place for residents to take cover underground while the attacks ensued.
Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv is also completely without electricity, as are the the central cities of Poltava and Kremenchuk, among others. Ukrenergo, the national electric utility, said this has forced the country into a continued rationing situation as emergency crews work around the clock.
Ukrenergo further confirmed that at this point it is unable to meet the electricity consumption needs of over 50% of the country.
The grid operator said, “Considering this is already the ninth wave of missile strikes on energy facilities, the restoration of power supply may take longer than before.”
“Priority will be given to critical infrastructure facilities: hospitals, water supply facilities, heat supply facilities, and sewage treatment plants,” it said.