Ukrainian authorities reported explosions in at least three cities Friday, saying Russia has launched a major missile attack”on energy facilities and infrastructure, reports AP.
Local authorities on social media reported explosions in the capital, Kyiv, southern Kryvyi Rih and northeastern Kharkiv as authorities sounded air raid alarms across the country warning of a new devastating barrage of the Russian strikes that have occurred intermittently since mid-October, the report stated.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram that the city is without electricity.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said explosions were heard in the Desnyan district and warned residents to take shelter, while the governor of the eastern Kharkiv region said the main city there was without power after Russian strikes, AFP reported.
The strikes targeting energy infrastructure have been part of a new Russian strategy to try to freeze Ukrainians into submission after several key battlefield losses by Russian forces in recent months.
(Inputs from Agencies)