Russian missiles pound Ukrainian energy facilities and defence plant

  • Russia launched new missile strikes in Ukraine
  • Two people died in one night in the south-east of Ukraine
  • Gas production facilities were damaged, reports Naftogaz

KYIV, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday hit Ukraine’s energy facilities and a missile booster factory with a new wave of missile strikes, which Ukrainian authorities accused of terrorism.

Bombings were repeated in the southern port of Odessa, the capital Kyiv, the central city of Dnipro and the southeastern Zaporozhye region, where officials said two people were killed.

Prime Minister Denis Schmihal said this week that a second wave of missile strikes had targeted the massive Pivdenmash defense plant in Dnipro. He did not give details of any damage, but state energy company Naftogaz said gas production facilities in eastern Ukraine were damaged or destroyed.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky released a dashcam video showing the driver’s trip across the Dnieper before being interrupted by a huge explosion that sent flames and black smoke into the sky.

“No matter what the terrorists want, no matter what they are trying to achieve, we must get through this winter and be stronger than now in the spring, more ready than now to liberate our entire territory,” he said. he said.

At least 15 people were injured in Dnipro, three people were injured in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, and at least one person was injured in Odessa, local authorities said. Ukrainian officials also reported heavy fighting in some areas of eastern Ukraine.

The mayor of the city of Melitopol in the south-east of Ukraine said that there is no heat in the city. Other areas were hit with blackouts to conserve energy after Tuesday’s airstrikes.

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According to the executive director of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy supplier, long-term outages could last several days in some areas.

“Unfortunately, there may be very few hours of electricity,” Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted Dmitry Sakharchuk as saying. – Two or three hours a day.


Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, has stepped up attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities in recent weeks. Moscow denies terrorism charges, saying its military actions are aimed at eliminating dangerous nationalists and protecting Russian-speakers.

Ukraine’s air defenses say they have destroyed a number of missiles and drones fired over the past few weeks. Kyiv city authorities announced Thursday that four missiles and five Iranian-made Shahed drones were destroyed near the city.

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The latest attacks have prompted Ukrainian officials to make fresh calls for their international allies to send more air defense systems. They also said that Ukraine will be strong.

“The enemy thinks that he can weaken our defenses with energy strikes and stab us in the back. This is a naive tactic of cowardly losers, we are ready,” Zelenskyy’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak wrote on Telegram. “They will not succeed, we will crush them.”

Additional reporting by Max Hander, Dan Peleschuk and Alexander Wasovich Editing by Timothy Heritage

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