Russian missile attack in Ukraine hits Kyiv and energy plants near Odessa

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A new missile attack launched by Russia hit the southern districts of Kyiv and energy infrastructure facilities near Odesa. 

The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, reported that a non-residential building was hit in the southwestern Holosiivskyi district on the western bank of the Dnipr, killing one person and injuring two. Several more explosions were reported in the Dniprovsk district. 

15 of the missiles launched toward Ukraine’s capital were shot down, according to Serhiy Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration. 

Near Odesa, several energy infrastructure facilities were hit and damaged. 

“Energy workers have already started repair work, but it will take some time to repair the damage,” Maksym Marchenko, governor of Odesa oblast, reported. “Currently, enemy planes are still in the air; the air alert continues. I ask the region’s residents to stay in shelters until the strike ends.” 

At least six Russian Tu-95 bombers were reported to have taken off from the Murmansk region in northwestern Russia and fired around 30 missiles, according to Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat. 

The Tupolev Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber can carry a total of eight Kh-101 cruise missiles on external pylons. It can also carry the Kh-22, an anti-ship missile with a 1-ton warhead that earned itself the reputation of a “carrier killer” during the Cold War. This type of missile killed at least 45 people when it fell on a residential building in Dnipro, central Ukraine, on January 13, 2023.  

UPDATE 26-01-2023, 17:55 (UTC +3): The death toll increased to 11 people, with 11 more injured, according to a report from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

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