Many cities were bombed in Ukraine this Monday, October 10 morning, including the capital kyiv targeted by the first strikes for more than three months. These attacks are launched when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his security council, two days after the explosion on the Crimean bridge.
It is a series of bombings of an unprecedented scale for months on Monday that took place in many cities of Ukraine including kyiv. The Ukrainian military says Russia launched 75 missiles on Monday. “In the morning, the aggressor launched 75 missiles (of which) 41 were shot down by our air defense,” Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhniy said on Telegram, adding that Russia had also used “combat drones” .
In the capital, an AFP journalist saw many ambulances in the city center heading for the scene where three loud explosions were heard around 8:15 a.m. Large plumes of black smoke were visible. Two new explosions then sounded. The last strike on kyiv dated back to June 26.
In addition to the capital, strikes were reported in particular in Lviv, in the West, very far from the front line, as well as in Dnipro (center) and Zaporijjia (south). The city of Lviv in western Ukraine, largely spared from fighting with the Russian army, was bombarded on Monday morning, regional governor Maxim Kozitsky announced.
"Strikes on energy infrastructure in the Lviv region have been recorded," he said on Telegram, calling on residents "to stay in shelters" in the face of "the threat of further attacks". "They are trying to destroy us all, to erase us from the face of the Earth", reacts Volodymyr Zelensky on social networks. He assures this Monday morning that Russia is targeting, with this series of bombardments, the energy structures of the country.
The Ukrainian president evokes "dead and wounded" during these bombardments, in particular in kyiv. Ukrainian police say at least 5 people are dead and 12 injured after strikes in kyiv on Monday morning. “At this stage, 5 dead and 12 injured are known,” police said on Facebook, adding that “most” of the bombings took place “in the center of the Ukrainian capital”. Volodymyr Zelensky calls on residents "not to leave the shelters".
"There are several strikes on the critical infrastructure of the city", indicates the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitchko on Telegram and calls on the inhabitants "of the suburbs not to go to the capital".
"The central streets of Kyiv have been blocked by law enforcement, the emergency services are working," said the mayor. Among the affected sites, the authorities cited a museum, a university and a park.
In Zaporijjia, seven missiles fell on the city during the night, killing at least one person and injuring five.
On the side of Lviv, the strikes led to power and hot water cuts, announced the mayor of the city, Andriï Sadoviï.
Russia has not yet commented on these explosions but all eyes are on Vladimir Putin this Monday morning. The Head of the Kremlin convenes his Security Council which brings together the main ministers, political leaders and representatives of the Russian security services and army.
The old, the Russian president accused kyiv of having organized the explosion which partially destroyed the Crimean bridge connecting Russia to the annexed peninsula on Saturday, evoking a “terrorist act”. And reprisals were expected as the strike was symbolic.
The explosion, which killed three people, was attributed by the Russian authorities to a truck bomb. The explosion on this bridge inaugurated by Vladimir Putin in 2018 and symbol of the annexation of Crimea in 2014 constitutes a new setback for Russia at a time when its forces are in difficulty in Ukraine.
"Perpetrators, performers and sponsors are the Ukrainian secret service. There is no doubt that this is a terrorist act aimed at destroying critical Russian civilian infrastructure," Vladimir Putin told AFP. outcome of a meeting with the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, according to a video released by the Kremlin.