KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials reported a massive barrage of Russian strikes Monday morning on critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities.
As a result, part of the Ukrainian capital was cut off from electricity and water, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. Officials reported possible power outages in the cities of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia resulting from the strikes.
Critical infrastructure objects were also hit in the Cherkasy region, southeast of Kyiv, and explosions were reported in other regions of Ukraine.
In Kharkiv, the metro stopped working. Parts of Ukrainian Railways were also cut off from power, Ukrainian Railways reported.
The attack comes two days after Russia accused Ukraine of a drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet off the annexed Crimean peninsula. Ukraine has denied the attack, saying Russia mishandled its own weapons, but Moscow still announced it was halting its participation in a UN-brokered deal to allow safe passage of ships transporting grain from Ukraine.
Commenting on Monday’s attacks, Ukrainian presidential office chief Andriy Yermak said Russian forces “continue to fight with civilian installations.”
“We will persevere and generations of Russians will pay a heavy price for their disgrace,” Yermak said.
This is the second time this month that Russia has unleashed a massive barrage of strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure. On October 10, a similar attack rocked the war-torn country following an explosion at the Kerch Bridge linking annexed Crimea with mainland Russia – an incident Moscow blamed on Kyiv.
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