Russian attacks continue to target Ukrainian energy facilities

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched a new barrage of missiles and drones in an overnight attack on Ukraine, officials in Kiev said Saturday morning, damaging energy facilities in the country’s southeast and west and wounding at least two energy workers.

It is the eighth major attack on Ukrainian power plants since Moscow intensified attacks on energy infrastructure Three months ago, Russia fired 16 missiles and 13 Shahed drones at energy facilities and critical infrastructure, the Ukrainian Air Force said.

Ukrainian air defenses intercepted 12 of 16 missiles and all 13 drones launched by Russia, the air force said.

State operator Ukrenergo said the attacks damaged equipment at facilities in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhia region and western Lviv region.

Two energy workers were injured in the Zaporizhia region when a fire broke out at an energy facility, according to regional governor Ivan Fedorov.

Since no major changes have been reported along the 1,000 kilometer frontline, true a recent edition Kremlin forces have made only incremental gains in eastern and northeastern Ukraine, both sides have turned their sights on infrastructure targets in an effort to limit each other’s ability to fight a war which is now in its third year.

Moscow’s nighttime attack on Zaporizhia and Lviv follows Ukrainian military attacks at three oil refineries in southern Russia tonight through Friday.

Ukraine is struggling to cope with a new wave of rolling blackouts after ruthless Russian attacks took away half of the country’s power generation capacity.

In other developments, the governor of the partly occupied Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian attacks the day before had killed five people and wounded another seven.

A police officer was killed in the partially occupied Kherson region as a result of a Russian drone strike on a checkpoint, the Ukrainian National Police said.

In Russia, air defense systems destroyed five drones overnight over the Sea of ​​Azov and the western regions of Bryansk and Smolensk, the Russian Defense Ministry said.


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