Russia has launched massive missile strikes across Ukraine this week, striking 70 energy facilities in Kyiv. The Russian government has vowed to respond more harshly if the Ukrainian government continues to attack its own energy facilities. The Russian president says the strikes are retribution for Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions. The president also promised to take proportionate action against any further attacks by Ukraine.
The strikes are the latest in a series of strikes in Ukraine. The latest attack occurred in central Kyiv, where several explosions rocked the city. The attack damaged several residential buildings and set a non-residential building on fire.
The attacks were also reported in Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy Oblasts. A fire broke out at an energy facility after one of the missiles hit it. Meanwhile, emergency services were identifying possible victims. The strikes were described as “an agonizing” experience by those who experienced them.
The British defence ministry said the drones could not deliver Russian war objectives because they were slow and easy to target, but they could cause destruction. The Russians have repeatedly denied the use of missiles or drones against civilians. But the presidential office of Ukraine said at least thirteen people had been killed in the past 24 hours. The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, said this week that it shot down incoming Russian missiles and “kamikaze” Shahed-136 drones.
The Ukraine war continues to escalate, and Russian forces have been launching missiles and kamikaze drones at civilian targets. In southern Ukraine, a missile attack killed five people, including a kindergarten, and heavy artillery damaged 30 houses, a hospital, and other buildings.
The Ukrainian military is continuing its offensive, targeting occupied regions and critical infrastructure sites. The Ukrainian military is attempting to regain control of occupied areas and halt Russia’s aggression. Residents of Kyiv and the surrounding region were jolted awake by air raid sirens early Monday morning.
The Russian president said Moscow is doing all it can to stop Ukraine’s aggression. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army has been pushing towards Kherson, one of four regions that Moscow claims it has annexed. Kherson was the first major city to fall in the Ukraine war. In response, Washington has announced fresh military assistance to Kyiv.
Russia has threatened to use nuclear weapons to deter NATO from intervening in the Ukraine war. In May, Finland and Sweden began the formal application process for membership in NATO. Both countries still need to be ratified by the other 28 members. President Biden signed the ratification documents after a 95-1 vote in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, Russian war hawks were growing restless.