In a recent series of attacks across Ukraine, Russia utilized strong weapons, including rare hypersonic missiles, and at least nine people were killed.
From the early stages of the fight, Russia reportedly has not launched any Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, which can elude air defenses.
The most destructive barrage to strike Ukraine in weeks was the most recent one.
The greatest nuclear power plant in Europe lost power, but it was later restored.
Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Russian defense ministry, stated on Thursday that “critical components of Ukraine’s military infrastructure were targeted by high-precision long-range air, sea, and land-based weapons, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missile system.”
Since the end of January, it was the day when Russia launched the most attacks against Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military asserted that it had successfully downed four Shahed drones and 34 cruise missiles of Iranian manufacture.
But, it also acknowledged that it had failed to stop the six Kinzhal ballistic missiles, as well as earlier weapons like the Kh-22 anti-ship missile and the S-300 anti-aircraft missile.
“This was a significant attack and for the first time with so many different types of missiles,” the Reuters news agency quoted a Ukrainian air force spokeswoman as saying. It was unprecedented, as they say.
Illustration of the Kinzhal missile
Russian investments in ballistic hypersonic missiles, which can travel at a speed greater than five times the speed of sound, have been emphasized by President Vladimir Putin.
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mapping of Ukraine following the conflict with Russia
Operator of nuclear power According to Energoatom, the Zaporizhzhia plant’s connection to the Ukrainian electricity grid was severed as a result of the strike there.
The plant used diesel generators for the sixth time since Russia took control of it a year ago until the link was restored later that day.
The cooling of radioactive material at the plant requires electricity.
Rafael Grossi, the chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency, stated that today’s loss of all external power “one again proved how precarious and hazardous the situation is for the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station” (IAEA).
After many strikes since the invasion started on Thursday, he had earlier appealed for an international commitment to preserve the plant.
“Every time, we are using a dice roll. And if we keep allowing this, eventually our good fortune will run out “explained Mr. Grossi.
Emergency services responded to bomb sites in the western and southern districts of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
According to Odesa’s governor Maksym Marchenko, a missile also struck an energy facility there, causing power outages. Although residential areas were also affected, there were no recorded injuries.
Despite Russian forces claimed to have gained control of Bakhmut’s eastern half, the Ukrainian military claims it has repelled strong Russian attacks on the city.
Russia has been attempting to seize Bakhmut for months, as both forces suffer significant casualties in a bloody attrition war.
The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces declared that “the enemy maintained its advances and has showed no sign of a let-up in seizing the city of Bakhmut”. Attacks on Bakhmut and the adjacent communities were repelled by our defenders.
Since the war for the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut started last summer, between 20,000 and 30,000 Russian troops have died or been injured, according to Western officials. The figures cannot be independently verified.