Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated Monday that folks have been killed and injured in a number of missile strikes throughout Ukraine, together with the primary bombardment of the capital, Kyiv, in months. CBS News senior international correspondent Charlie D’Agata stated the strikes, which might sign a significant escalation in the, gave the impression to be completely punitive — retaliation meant to terrorize Ukrainian civilians in densely-populated city neighborhoods, near authorities buildings, with one even hitting a youngsters’s playground.
The deadly barrage smashed into civilian areas, knocking out energy and water, shattering buildings and killing no less than 11 folks. The bombardment got here two days after Russia suffered a critical blow with the.
Ukraine’s Emergency Service stated 64 folks have been wounded in the morning rush-hour assaults that Russia launched from the air, sea and land towards no less than 14 areas, spanning from Lviv in the west to Kharkiv in the east. Many of the assaults occurred removed from the struggle’s entrance traces.
Though Russia stated missiles focused navy and power services, some struck civilian areas whereas folks have been heading to work and faculty. One hit a playground in downtown Kyiv and one other struck a college.
The assaults plunged a lot of the nation right into a blackout, depriving tons of of 1000’s of individuals of electrical energy and making a scarcity so extreme Ukrainian authorities introduced they must cease energy exports to Europe beginning Tuesday. Power outages additionally typically deprive residents of water, given the system’s reliance on electrical energy to run pumps and other tools.
The head of Ukraine’s legislation enforcement stated Monday’s assaults nationwide broken 70 infrastructure websites, of which 29 are vital. The Ukrainian General Staff stated 84 cruise missiles and 24 drones have been used. Ukrainian forces shot down 56 aerial targets, it stated.
Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated the strikes had no “practical military sense” and that Russia’s aim was to trigger a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated his forces used “precision weapons” to focus on key power infrastructure and navy command services in retaliation for Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions — a reference to Ukraine’s makes an attempt to repel Moscow’s invasion forces, together with an assault Saturday on a key bridge between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula that Putin referred to as a “terrorist act” masterminded by Ukrainian particular companies.
Putin vowed a “tough” and “proportionate” response ought to Ukraine perform additional assaults that threaten Russia’s safety. “No one should have any doubts about it,” he informed Russia’s Security Council by video.
The explosions in Kyiv and other cities got here only a day after Putin blamed Kyiv for the hugewith Russia. Crimea is a big Ukrainian peninsula that Russia eight years in the past throughout a earlier invasion. The annexation of that territory, like that he declared Russian soil final week, have been condemned as illegitimate and unlawful by Ukraine, the United Nations, the U.S. and other international locations.
The blast that hit the bridge sparked celebrations amongst Ukrainians and others on social media — however officers in Kyiv have made no direct declare of accountability.
The Russian president has been underneath intense home stress to take extra aggressive motion to cease a largely profitable Ukrainian counteroffensive and to react forcefully to Saturday’s assault on the Kerch bridge, whose development he used to cement his 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Putin’s more and more frequent descriptions of Ukraine’s actions as terrorist might portend much more daring and draconian actions. But in Monday’s speech, Putin — whose partial troop mobilization order final month triggered an exodus of tons of of 1000’s of males of preventing age from Russia — stopped wanting an anticipated escalation from what he calls a “special military operation” to a counterterrorism marketing campaign or martial legislation. Zelenskyy has repeatedly referred to as on world leaders to declare Russia a terrorist state due to its assaults on civilians and alleged struggle crimes.
Zelenskyy emerged onto a road in Kyiv on Monday to report a selfie video with a message to his folks and the world, denouncing Russia for the barrage of missiles which he stated had focused Ukraine’s power infrastructure, and its civilians.
“They have specifically chosen such a time and such targets to cause as much damage as possible,” the president stated. “But we Ukrainians, we help each other, believe in ourselves, rebuild everything. Now the shortages of electricity may occur, but not the shortage of our defiance and our confidence in our victory.”
The strikes despatched residents of Ukraine’s two largest cities — Kyiv and Kharkiv — into bomb shelters, together with subway stations.
While air raid sirens have continued all through the struggle in cities throughout the nation, in Kyiv and elsewhere many Ukrainians had begun to disregard their warnings after months of calm.
Just as site visitors was selecting up Monday morning, a commuter minibus was struck close to Kyiv National University. Nearby, no less than one strike landed in Shevchenko Park, leaving a big gap close to a youngsters’s playground.
Another goal was the Klitschko pedestrian bridge — a landmark in central Kyiv with glass panels. Closed-circuit video footage confirmed an enormous explosion underneath the bridge, with smoke rising, and a person working away after the blast, apparently unharmed. No important injury to the bridge was instantly obvious.
Air raid sirens sounded in each area of Ukraine besides Russia-annexed Crimea for 4 straight hours.
Videos posted on social media confirmed black smoke rising above a number of areas of the town. Russia’s final strike on the capital was on June 26.
Associated Press journalists noticed a number of our bodies at an industrial website on the outskirts of Dnipro. Four folks have been killed and 19 injured in the town, officers stated. Witnesses stated one missile landed in entrance of a bus through the morning rush hour, damaging the automobile however not killing any passengers.
Kharkiv was hit 3 times, Mayor Ihor Terekhov stated. The strikes knocked out the electrical energy and water provide. Energy infrastructure was additionally hit in Lviv, regional Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi stated.
Three cruise missiles launched towards Ukraine from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova’s airspace, stated the nation’s international affairs minister, Nicu Popescu.
As the European Union condemned Russia’s assault and stated the concentrating on of civilians amounted to “a war crime,” Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed the “massive strike with long-range precision weapons.” It claimed the missiles had focused “objects of the military command and control, communications and energy systems of Ukraine” and that “all assigned objects were hit.”
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “deeply shocked by today’s large-scale missile attacks” on Ukraine, his spokesman stated in a press release, including that the strike “constitutes another unacceptable escalation of the war and, as always, civilians are paying the highest price.”
Some feared Monday’s assaults may be the primary salvo in a renewed Russian offensive. As a precautionary measure, Ukraine switched all faculties to on-line studying till no less than the tip of this week.
In an ominous transfer, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko introduced Monday that he and Putin have agreed to create a joint “regional grouping of troops.” He supplied no particulars.
Lukashenko repeated his claims that Ukraine is plotting an assault on Belarus, sparking fears he would take preemptive motion. His protection minister, Viktor Khrenin, later issued a video warning Ukraine to not provoke Belarus, however added, “We don’t want to fight.”
CBS News correspondent Pamela Falk contributed to this report.