In a shocking escalation of hostilities, Russia has launched an unprecedented wave of missile strikes overnight on cities across Ukraine, causing widespread destruction and targeting civilian infrastructure.
The assault, described as the most massive air attack since the beginning of the war, included strikes on homes, a maternity hospital, and a shopping mall.
The retaliatory move by Russian President Vladimir Putin follows Ukraine’s successful strike on a key Russian warship in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia.
Putin vowed “revenge” for the attack, leading to a night of chaos and terror for Ukrainian citizens.
Explosions were reported in the capital city Kyiv, with Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirming that three people were trapped under the rubble of a warehouse in the Shevchenkivskyi district.
Other Ukrainian cities, including Kharkiv, Lviv, and Odesa, also faced devastating airstrikes.
Kharkiv region police reported that S-300 missiles hit Kharkiv, causing ten explosions and damaging a hospital, residential buildings, and an industrial facility.
In Dnipro, a maternity hospital was struck, and in Odesa, a high-rise building caught fire after being hit by debris from a downed drone.
The attacks resulted in numerous injuries, and a metro station in Kyiv, serving as a shelter, sustained damage. In the aftermath of these devastating airstrikes, questions arise about the humanitarian impact and the potential for further escalation in the conflict.
The assaults come in the wake of Putin’s deployment of ‘death squads’ in occupied Crimea, targeting individuals supporting the Ukrainian resistance.
This retaliation follows Ukraine’s successful British Storm Shadow missile strike on the Russian landing ship Novocherkassk, a significant blow to Putin’s forces.
President Volodymyr Zelensky humorously noted on social media that the vessel had now joined “the Russian underwater Black Sea fleet,” underscoring the gravity of the situation and the ongoing tensions between the two nations.