Russia targeted infrastructure facilities in the center and east Ukraine Sunday evening in response to the dramatic Ukrainian counterattack In Kharkiv province that has They reconfigured the war and left Moscow reeling. The mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terikov, said a strike had cut off electricity and water in a large part of the city, in what he described as an “act of revenge” by Russia For recent successes on the battlefield in Ukraine. There were reports of power outages in Dnipro, Poltava and other eastern cities, which could affect millions of civilians. “A complete disruption in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, and partial in the Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement on social media. “There are no military facilities,” he added. “The goal is to deprive people of light and heat.” He denounced “deliberate and cynical missile strikes” against civilian targets, describing them as terrorist acts.
The US ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, condemned the Russian strikes on energy and water facilities. “Russia’s clear response to Ukraine’s liberation of cities and villages in the east: sending missiles to try to destroy vital civilian infrastructure,” Brink wrote on Twitter.
“We will call it a victory,” Zelensky said in a video address on Sunday, referring to a possible Russian withdrawal.. He added that he was confident that the Ukrainian forces would liberate all the territories occupied by Russia throughout the country.
A nationalist militant and former FSB officer who helped launch the 2014 war in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region has compared the collapse of one of the conflict’s main front lines to a disastrous defeat in the Russo-Japanese War that sparked the 1905 Revolution in Russia. Igor Girkin said it was like the Battle of Mukden in 1905, which ended two days after the start of the revolution.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Blame exchange during a phone call over safety concerns at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. “The Russian side drew attention to the regular Ukrainian attacks on plant facilities, including the storage of radioactive waste, which is fraught with serious consequences,” a statement on the Kremlin’s website said. The French presidency said in its statement that the Russian forces’ occupation of the station is what puts it at risk. Earlier, the Ukrainian Nuclear Energy Corporation said that the last operating reactor at the plant had been shut down and that the plant had “completely stopped”.
Moscow’s leadership has been “silent” about the defeats in Ukraine, and neither Putin nor Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has commented until Sunday noon. Moscow’s almost complete silence about the defeat – or any explanation for what happened in northeastern Ukraine – has sparked outrage among some pro-war commentators and Russian nationalists on social media.
Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechen leader appointed by the Kremlin He criticized the leadership of the Russian army After she seemed surprised by Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion in the northeast. Indicating that the Kremlin could face serious repercussions over the loss of territory that Russia’s occupation administrations have repeatedly said they plan to keep “forever,” Kadyrov also suggested that Vladimir Putin might not be aware of the true state of affairs.
Russian forces fired 11 missiles towards the eastern regions of the country UkraineThe Ukrainian Air Force announced in a tweet Sunday evening. The Ukrainian Air Force Federation said the Ukrainian Air Force shot down seven cruise missiles in the Dnipropetrovsk region and destroyed two others in the Poltava region.
Due to the bombing of the infrastructure, a number of trains to / from Kharkiv, Sumy and Poltava are expected to be delayed. However, no train was canceled today; Traffic continues over the entire rail network.
Two cruise missiles hit critical infrastructure in Kharkiv and firefighters were on the scene, according to Kirillo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration. Tymoshenko said engineers are working to restore power and electricity will soon return to vital facilities such as hospitals.