Russian has hit the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other centres with sustained missile and rocket attacks, saying the strikes were in retaliation for Saturday’s attack on a key bridge link to Crimea.
Missiles also struck Lviv, in western Ukraine and other cities including Zaporizhzhia and Mykolayiv in the south, which are close to the frontline.
Russian strikes hit Ukraine’s electrical grid and other civilian infrastructure in retaliation for a weekend attack Moscow blamed on Ukraine that damaged a bridge connecting Russia to occupied Crimea #WSJWhatsNow https://t.co/RWaUk03fmh pic.twitter.com/wAAbn4zG8J
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 10, 2022
President Zelensky called for international condemnation of the Russian attack and vowed that the strikes would not stop a Ukrainian victory, even as missiles struck power facilities in Kyiv, Lviv, and up to 10 other cities, with implications for energy provision for millions of Ukrainians.
“There may be temporary power outages now, but there will never be interruptions in our confidence in (Ukraine’s) victory,” he said.
🔥🇷🇺Zelensky has been begging for tough action from Moscow for a long time. Everything that happens today is on the conscience of this bloody clown. This is what Kiev looks like this morning. pic.twitter.com/hDscQuw7II
— Кинжал Z (@1qCQDs3JLZ4oxs7) October 10, 2022
President Putin told reporters that the strikes were in response to the attack on the Crimea bridge, warning that “Russia’s response will be severe”.
Putin says Russia hit military, energy, and communications targets in response to the Crimea bridge attack.
"If attempts to carry out terrorist attacks continue, Russia's response will be severe and at the level of the threats facing it. Nobody should be in any doubt." pic.twitter.com/fsingDkhd8
— max seddon (@maxseddon) October 10, 2022
Footage from the Crimean bridge attack reportedly show a truck exploding to destroy the link between Russia and the peninsula.
Another video showing the moment when a truck bomb apparently tore through the Crimea Bridge. pic.twitter.com/BYmHcygWC2
— Andrew Roth (@Andrew__Roth) October 8, 2022
Unconfirmed footage shows the extent of the damage from the strikes this morning and the reaction of Ukrainians taking shelter.
— UkraineNews (@Ukraine66251776) October 10, 2022
Ukrainian spirit cannot be broken. Hundreds of people shelter at the metro and sing Ukrainian folk songs together. pic.twitter.com/6W3wSNe188
— Mattia Nelles (@mattia_n) October 10, 2022