On Thursday morning, Russia launched 120 missiles at the capital of Ukraine, Kiev. Three people were injured by the missile. Ukrainian authorities have also warned of major airstrikes in the northeastern city of Kharkiv and other cities. News from BBC and Reuters.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak said more than 120 missiles were fired at the population and civilian infrastructure.

At least three people were taken to hospital after the explosion in the capital, Kiev, city mayor Vitaly Klitschko said. Among the injured is a 14-year-old girl. Explosions were also heard in the cities of Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv and Zhytomyr.

Maxim Marchenko, regional leader of the southern Odesa province, spoke of a ‘massive missile attack on Ukraine’.

Ukraine’s air force said Russia was attacking the country with air and sea-based cruise missiles from various directions. Several kamikaze drones were also used in the attack.

An airstrike warning was issued in all parts of the country on Thursday morning. Presidential adviser Oleksii Arestovich urged civilians to take shelter and said the country’s air defense system was working.

Debris from an intercepted missile damaged two houses in Kiev, according to the city’s military administration. Klitschko said 16 missiles over the city were destroyed by air defenses.

Governor Vitaly Kim wrote that five missiles south of Mykolayiv were intercepted by air defenses.

Marchenko said 21 missiles were shot down in the Odesa region. He also said that fragments of the missile hit a residential building but no casualties were reported.

Andriy Sadovy, mayor of the western city of Lviv, said several explosions had been reported.

Podoliak accused Moscow of ‘destroying critical infrastructure and mass killing civilians’.

A senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky said a missile hit the home of a resident of Ranok, a village in the western region of Ivano-Frankivsk, but did not explode. However, the BBC could not independently verify the report.

Dozens of Russian strikes have hit Ukraine in recent weeks, causing repeated blackouts across the country. Lviv’s mayor said Thursday that 90 percent of his city was without power. Klitschko, on the other hand, warned that new electricity and water lines could be cut in the capital.

Power outages have already been reported in Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk regions. The DTEK energy supplier wrote, ‘They were introduced due to the threat of missile strikes to avoid significant damage if enemies hit energy facilities.’

Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the military administration in the central city of Krivi Rih, said the missiles fired at his city were fired from Russian Black Sea ships and aircraft. As a ‘precaution’, the city’s electricity has been shut off.

Ukraine’s Southern Command has already issued a warning that Russian forces are preparing to launch 20 missiles from positions in the Black Sea.

It managed to shoot down 60 of more than 70 missiles fired by Russian forces in a barrage earlier this month.

Moscow has repeatedly denied that its missile strikes target civilians. However, President Vladimir Putin recently admitted that Russian troops were hitting key energy facilities in Ukraine.

The admission follows accusations from some international leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, that targeting energy facilities could amount to war crimes.

Kiev’s government has asked Western leaders to provide it with additional air defenses, and US President Joe Biden recently agreed to supply them with Patriot missile systems.

(Dhaka Times / 29 December / SAT)