Ukraine declared Dmitry Medvedev wanted
A “harsh” response to the attacks against Russia was promised by Vladimir Putin and from early Monday morning he began bombing key infrastructure in major Ukrainian cities. In retaliation for the bombing of the Crimean bridge over the weekend, power grids were attacked and civilians killed.
At least 83 rockets were fired, the Ukrainian military said, with half shot down and the other half landing in various cities across the country. At least 11 people were killed and 60 were injured.
8 of the dead were in Kyiv, where there were at least 5 strikes. Mayor Vitaly Klitschko announced explosions in the central city district “Shevchenkovski”. Photos and videos showed a number of buildings in the center with black smoke rising above them. Rockets also hit the German consulate, but the building was empty.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a mixture of missiles and Iranian-made drones were used. The cities of Dnipro and Zaporozhye in southern Ukraine, Kharkiv and Sumy in the north, Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia in the center and even Ternopil and Lviv in the far west have been hit. There were also reports of explosions in Odessa. Some of the
these cities haven’t been hit in months
“The attack is proof that Russia is a terrorist state. Russians can’t fight on the battlefield, but they can kill civilians,” Mihailo Podoliak, adviser to the president, commented on Twitter.
An air alert was declared in all regions of Ukraine. In Kyiv, it was called off after lasting 5 hours and 37 minutes – the longest since the war began on February 24. A DPA reporter in the center of the Ukrainian capital reported that people are coming out of underground shelters and pedestrians are walking again on the sidewalks.
After the shelling, serious damage was caused to the electricity distribution network and a large number of power plants in a number of Ukrainian cities.
Vitali Klitschko pointed out that traffic on all metro lines in the capital has been restored for now, but called on residents to be vigilant. “Don’t use a car in the city unless absolutely necessary,” he wrote in a telegram. “Furthermore, I remind you that metro stations can also be used as shelters,” Klitschko added. He said that as a result of the attacks in Kyiv, the supply of electricity for industrial consumption and for some households was partially limited.
Restrictions on the use of electricity will be introduced in Kryvyi Rih, a
street lights will be partially turned off
Authorities in many places have started turning off elevators in buildings to save electricity. They urged Ukrainians to limit electricity consumption during peak hours from 17:00 to 22:00 due to damage to critical infrastructure in the country and not to use electric heaters, water heaters, kitchen electric stoves, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, electric ovens, coffee makers, dishwashers, air conditioners, chargers, computers, irons and televisions.
About 90% of Lviv is without electricity – trams and trolleybuses do not run, traffic lights do not work, regulators are placed at intersections. In the city too
There is no hot water,
cold water is provided by the back-up supply. Mobile communications are not working.
The indiscriminate attacks on civilian infrastructure come just 2 days after the explosion of the bridge connecting Russia with its annexed Crimea. On Sunday, former Russian President and Deputy Head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said: “All reports and conclusions have been made. Russia’s response to this crime can only be the direct destruction of the terrorists.”
After Monday’s shelling, the Security Service of Ukraine announced a search for Dmitry Medvedev. The message appeared in the database of wanted persons on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The former Russian president is wanted under Article 110, item 2 (offence against the territorial integrity of Ukraine).
Medvedev himself wrote in a telegram that this is only the beginning
and there will be more attacks, wishing to remove the power in Ukraine.
Kyiv-based Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the strikes on Ukrainian cities were a desperate attempt by Moscow to turn the tide of the war after a series of setbacks.
“Putin is desperate because of battlefield failures and is using missile terrorism in an attempt to change the tide of war in his favor,” he commented on Twitter.
On the day of the attacks, the presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, agreed to form a joint regional group of troops.