Day 229: Russia’s missile terror against Ukraine

Missile strikes on Ukraine

On the morning of October 10, Russia carried out a series of missile strikes on Ukraine, including on Kyiv, for the first time since June 26. A series of massive missile strikes simultaneously hit a number of other regions. 

The city authorities of Kyiv said the strikes hit four areas of the city – Shevchenkivskyi, a central district, Svyatoshynskyi, Darnytskyi, and Dniprovskyi districts. At least five people were killed in central Kyiv. One of the missiles struck the Volodymyrska street near the university and the Shevchenko park, damaging nearby museums and houses. Russia also attempted to strike the pedestrian “Klychko” bridge in central Kyiv. A shock wave from one of the blasts blew out the windows of the central railway station. In other areas of the city, missile strikes damaged critical infrastructure.

Russian missiles rained down on 14 more Ukrainian regions, including Dnipropetrovska, Lviv, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv, and Odesa. Russia’s main targets across Ukraine were energy infrastructure sites. The strikes caused power, water, and internet outages in a number of regions.

The casualty toll of Russia’s missile attacks on Ukraine stood at 11 people as of 4 p.m., of which five were killed in downtown Kyiv. Almost 90 people were wounded. The attacked damaged 70 sites, including 29 critical infrastructure sites. 

Kyiv. 10.10.2022. © REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Kyiv. 10.10.2022. © Associated Press

© National Police of Ukraine

Russia’s missile terror on Ukraine kills 11, injures 87, State Emergency Service, police say

The missile strikes hit critical infrastructure, mostly energy infrastructure facilities, in eight regions and in Kyiv, causing 30 fires.

“[The attacks] left four regions without power – Lviv, Poltava, Sumy, and Ternopil. In the rest of Ukraine, there were partial power outages,” the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said. 

Reasons behind Russia’s missile attacks on Ukraine

Russia tries to increase the burden on the Ukrainian government by targeting the energy infrastructure, to slow the tempo of the advance by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, a source from the energy sector in President Zelenskyi’s team told “Novoe Vremya”. 

As Russia is trying to wage a war of attrition, strikes on the energy sites are predictable, the source said. Russia is attempting to add more tasks to Ukraine’s workload.

The attacks also aim to sow panic responding to the Crimean Bridge explosion.

Ukraine halts electricity exports after missile strikes

Following the missile strikes, which hit the thermal generation and electrical substations, Ukraine suspends electricity exports from October 11 to stabilize its own energy system, the Ministry of Energy said.

“Ukraine’s electricity exports helped Europe reduce the consumption of Russian energy resources. Russia destroys our energy system to rule out a possibility of exporting electricity from Ukraine,” Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko said.

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  • Volodymyr Paniotto, director of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology
  • Andriy Bychenko, director of the sociological service at Razumkov centre
  • Olexiy Haran, research director, Democratic Initiatives Foundation

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