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Russia escalates war against Ukraine after Crimea bridge attack, launches over 80 missiles, 10 killed

Russia-Ukraine War: Russia's intense attack, in which atleast 10 people were killed, marked a sudden military escalation in its assault on Ukraine.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Kyiv Updated on: October 10, 2022 23:24 IST
Rescue workers survey the scene of a Russian attack on
Image Source : AP Rescue workers survey the scene of a Russian attack on Kyiv, Ukraine

Highlights

  • At least 10 people were killed while close to 60 were injured in the attacks
  • This intense attack by Russia marked a sudden military escalation in its assault on Ukraine
  • Russia targeted civilian areas and energy infrastructure as air raid sirens sounded in every region

Russia-Ukraine War: Russia struck several Ukrainian cities in which at least 10 people were killed after they launched fresh attacks on Monday. According to reports, 6 people lost their lives during the shower of strikes that jolted the capital city of Kyiv which brings back the focus on the grim reality of war that has been going on for many months now. 

According to the police, at least 10 people were killed while close to 60 were injured in the attacks. The Emergency services said that nine people had been killed in the attack. These conflicting numbers could not be verified. This intense, hours-long attack by Russia marked a sudden military escalation in its assault on Ukraine.

Putin vows 'tough' response to Ukraine 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose military invaded neighbouring Ukraine on Feburary 24, said the strikes were in retaliation for what he called Kyiv's 'terrorist' actions, a reference to Ukraine's attempts to repel Moscow's invasion forces and cripple their supply lines.

The actions he referred to include an attack last weekend on a key bridge, prized by the Kremlin, between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula.

Putin vowed a 'tough' and 'proportionate' response should Ukraine carry out further attacks that threaten Russia's security. “No one should have any doubts about it,” he said.

Russia-Ukraine war enters eighth month 

Moscow's war in Ukraine is approaching its eight-month milestone, and the Kremlin has been reeling from humiliating battlefield setbacks in areas of eastern Ukraine it is trying to annex. Blasts struck in the capital's Shevchenko district, a large area in the center of Kyiv that includes the historic old town as well as several government offices, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Some of the strikes hit near the government quarter in the symbolic heart of the capital, where the Parliament and other major landmarks are located.

A glass tower housing offices were significantly damaged, most of its blue-tinted windows blown out. Residents were seen on the streets with blood on their clothes and hands. A young man wearing a blue jacket sat on the ground as a medic wrapped a bandage around his head. A woman with bandages wrapped around her head had blood all over the front of her blouse.

Several cars were also damaged or completely destroyed. At least one of the vehicles struck near the Kyiv National University appeared to be a commuter minibus, known as a “marshrutka” and which is a popular albeit often crowded alternative to the city's bus and metro routes. Nearby, at least one strike landed in the popular Shevchenko Park, leaving a large hole near a children's playground. Among the targets hit was a pedestrian bridge known as the Klitschko bridge — a landmark in central Kyiv with its glass panels.

Zelensky says missile targets were civilian areas 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces launched dozens of missiles and Iranian-built drones against Ukraine.

The General Staff of the Ukraine Armed Forces said 75 missiles were fired against Ukrainian targets, with 41 of them neutralized by air defences. The targets were civilian areas and energy facilities in 10 cities, Zelenskyy said in a video address.

India Tv - The attacks brought a chorus of outrage in Europe.

Image Source : APThe attacks brought a chorus of outrage in Europe.

“(The Russians) chose such a time and such targets on purpose to inflict the most damage,” Zelenskyy said.

What is happening in Ukraine?  

Elsewhere, Russia targeted civilian areas and energy infrastructure as air raid sirens sounded in every region of Ukraine, except Russia-annexed Crimea, for four straight hours. A telecommunications building was hit. Ukrainian media also reported explosions in a number of other locations, including the western city of Lviv, which has been a refuge for many people fleeing the fighting in the east, as well as in Kharkiv, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr and Kropyvnytskyi. Kharkiv was hit three times, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said.

India Tv - Energy infrastructure was also hit in Lviv, regional Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi said.

Image Source : APEnergy infrastructure was also hit in Lviv, regional Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi said.

The strikes knocked out the electricity and water supply. Energy infrastructure was also hit in Lviv, regional Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi said. Three cruise missiles launched against Ukraine from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova's airspace, the country's Foreign Affairs Minister Nicu Popescu complained.

A day earlier, Putin had called the attack on the Kerch Bridge to Crimea a terrorist act carried out by Ukrainian special services. In a meeting Sunday with the chairman of Russia's Investigative Committee, Putin said “there's no doubt it was a terrorist act directed at the destruction of critically important civilian infrastructure. ” 

The Kerch Bridge is important to Russia strategically, as a military supply line to its forces in Ukraine, and symbolically, as an emblem of its claims on Crimea. No one has claimed responsibility for damaging the 19-kilometer-long bridge, the longest in Europe. Amid the onslaught, Zelenskyy said on his Telegram account that Russia is “trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth.”

The attacks appeared set to bring a fresh bout of international condemnation for Russia. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, said the Group of Seven industrial powers will hold a videoconference Tuesday on the situation that Zelenskyy will address.
Germany currently chairs the G-7.

India Tv - The strikes knocked out the electricity and water supply.

Image Source : APThe strikes knocked out the electricity and water supply.

The attacks brought a chorus of outrage in Europe. French President Emanuel Macron expressed “extreme concern, as the strikes caused civilian casualties” and renewed his pledge of more military aid for Ukraine. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly tweeted that “Russia's firing of missiles into civilian areas of Ukraine is unacceptable.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba broke off his Africa tour and headed back to Ukraine, tweeting that the attacks represented “terror on peaceful Ukrainian cities.” Some feared Monday's attacks may just be the first salvo in a renewed Russian offensive. Ukraine's Ministry of Education announced that all schools in Ukraine must switch to online classes at least until the end of this week.

In an ominous move, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced Monday that he and Putin have agreed to deploy a joint “regional grouping of troops” amid the escalation of fighting in Ukraine. He offered no details as to where the grouping will be deployed, when and what for. Lukashenko repeated his claims that Ukraine is plotting an attack on Belarus, sparking fears the stage is being set for preemptive action by Minsk.

(With inputs from AP) 

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