Russia launches new wave of missile strikes across Ukraine

Russia launched a new wave of missile strikes across Ukraine early morning today, March 9. Reports say Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa, the capital Kyiv, and Kharkiv all saw their energy infrastructure targeted, cutting off power in some areas.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that explosions occurred in Kyiv’s Holosiivskyi District, in the southwestern part of the city. All emergency services are en route to the site. Officials in Odesa were warning of another wave of missile strikes. The governor of the Odesa region, Maksym Marchenko said that an energy facility had been hit in the port city.

Mr. Marchenko said that as a result of a mass missile strike, an energy infrastructure site was hit in the region as well as residences.

He further said, fortunately, there are no casualties. Electricity restrictions are in effect. He said anti-aircraft units had downed some missiles but cautioned that more attacks could follow. The power company Enerhoatom said in a statement today that the last line of communication between the occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP and the Ukrainian power system has been cut off. Fuel for operation remains for 10 days. In August last year, fires caused by shelling cut the last remaining power line to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, temporarily disconnecting it from Ukraine’s National Grid for the first time in nearly 40 years of operation. Then, it took two weeks for power to be restored to the plant.

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