Russian missiles targeted more than 40 Ukrainian cities on October 13, officials said, hitting critical infrastructure in Ukraine’s capital region, a day after the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling Moscow’s annexation of Ukrainian territory “illegal” and further engaged Ukraine’s allies. military aid.
Three drones operated by Russian forces attacked the small town of Makariv, west of Kyiv, early on October 13, Kyiv region police chief Andriy Nebytov said on the Telegram messaging app.
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“There was a nighttime drone bombardment by invaders on the community of Makariv,” Nebytov said. “According to initial information, there were no casualties.”
Kyiv Regional Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said the strikes were caused by Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles known as suicide bombers.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said the drones hit critical infrastructure.
In Mykolaiv, night shelling destroyed an apartment building as fighting continued along Ukraine’s southern front.
“A five-story residential building was hit, the top two floors were completely destroyed, the rest — under rubble. Rescuers are working on the site,” Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkovych said in a message on social media, adding that the southern city was “massively bombarded.”
It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
Mykolayiv, a shipbuilding center and port on the Pivdenniy Buh River off the Black Sea, came under heavy Russian bombardment throughout the war.
Russian shelling also hit the southern town of Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the head of the regional administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, reported.
He said one person was seriously injured while more than 30 buildings, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged.
“More than 2,000 families were left without electricity. Energy workers are already working,” Reznichenko said.
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In total, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said, Russian missiles hit more than 40 settlements in the past 24 hours, while the Ukrainian Air Force carried out 32 strikes on 25 Russian targets.
The latest wave of airstrikes for a fourth consecutive day came shortly after more than three-quarters of the 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly voted on October 12 in favor of a resolution calling illegal the taking by Moscow from four Ukrainian regions.
Only Syria, Nicaragua, North Korea and Belarus joined Russia in voting against the resolution. Thirty-five countries abstained in the vote, including China, India, South Africa and Pakistan.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Twitter he was “grateful to 143 states that supported the historic #UNGA resolution… [Russia’s] attempt at annexation is worthless.”
The resolution “condemns the organization by the Russian Federation of so-called referendums within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine” and the “attempted illegal annexation” announced last month of four regions by President Vladimir Cheese fries.
He calls on all UN and international agencies not to recognize the changes announced by Russia at the borders and demands that Moscow “immediately and unconditionally reverse” its decisions.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the vote showed international unity against Russia and reiterated that Washington would never recognize “mock” referendums.
The vote “is a powerful reminder that the overwhelming majority of nations stand with Ukraine, in defense of the UN Charter and in resolute opposition to Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and its people. “Blinken said in a statement. statement.
“With very few nations voting with Russia today, it is clear that international unity on this issue is resolute and support for Ukraine at the UN and beyond is unwavering,” Blinken said. .
Russian UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia told the General Assembly before the vote that the resolution was “politicized and openly provocative”, adding that it “could destroy all efforts for a diplomatic solution to the crisis”.
The General Assembly vote, which the United States and other Western countries had lobbied for, followed a Russian veto last month on a similar resolution at the 15-member Security Council.
Last month, Moscow proclaimed its annexation of four partially occupied regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya – after holding what it called referenda. Ukraine and its allies have denounced the referendums as illegal and said some voters were coerced into taking part under threat of being shot.
Earlier on October 12, Ukraine’s allies announced the delivery of new air defenses and committed additional military aid to Kyiv to protect against Russia’s indiscriminate missile attacks across the country.
Pledges from more than 50 countries meeting in Brussels included France’s announcement that it would deliver radar and air defense systems to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Canada said it would provide artillery shells and winter clothing, among other supplies.
Germany has sent the first of four planned IRIS-T SLM air defense systems, while Washington, in the United States, has said it will accelerate the delivery of a promised NASAMS air defense system.