Russia’s Revenge for Ukrainian Attacks

From a story on axios.com by Mike Allen headlined “1 big thing: Russia’s revenge”:

It’s being called Russia’s biggest barrage against Ukraine since the invasion 7½ months ago:

  • Russia fired cruise missiles at cities across Ukraine during this morning’s rush, killing civilians and knocking out power, water and heat, Reuters reports.

Vladimir Putin declared the “mass strike” to be revenge for Ukrainian attacks, including an inferno that hit his prized bridge to Crimea this weekend.

  • In a televised address, Putin said he ordered strikes against energy, command and communication targets, with missiles fired from air, sea and land.
  • “The Kyiv regime … has put itself on the same level as international terrorist organizations,” Putin said, threatening future strikes.

What’s happening: The missiles tore into busy intersections, parks and tourist sites in the center of downtown Kyiv with an intensity not seen since Russian forces tried to capture the capital early in the war.

  • Explosions were also reported in Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomyr in western Ukraine … Dnipro and Kremenchuk in central Ukraine … Zaporizhzhia in the south … and Kharkiv in the east.

🇺🇦 Ukrainian officials said at least 10 people were killed.

  • The strikes tore a huge crater next to a children’s playground in one of central Kyiv’s busiest parks.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said the rush-hour attacks were deliberately timed to kill people.

  • “They are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth,” Zelensky said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine’s defense ministry said Russia had fired 81 cruise missiles, and Ukraine’s air defenses shot down 43 of them.

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