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Russia renews attacks on Ukraine's energy sector

Emergency services personnel work to extinguish a fire in Ivano-Frankivsk region
Emergency services personnel work to extinguish a fire in Ivano-Frankivsk region Copyright AP/Ukrainian Emergency Service
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By Euronews with AP
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Russia launched 21 missiles allegedly targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure, according to Ukraine’s air force.

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Ukraine’s air force said Russia launched 34 missiles against Ukraine overnight and 21 were shot down by Ukrainian air defences.

Russia said its air defence systems had intercepted more than 60 Ukrainian drones over the southern Krasnodar region.

In a post on Telegram, Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko said energy facilities in Dnipropetrovsk in the south of the country and Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv in the west had been attacked and that an engineer was injured.

Private energy operator DTEK said four of its thermal power plants were damaged and  there were “casualties”. Two civilians were wounded, according to reports by Kyiv Post.

Earlier this month, Russia destroyed one of Ukraine’s largest power plants and damaged others in a massive missile and drone attack as it renewed its push to target Ukraine’s energy facilities.

Ukraine has appealed to its Western allies for more air defence systems to ward off such attacks. 

At a meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group on Friday, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the US will provide Ukraine with additional munitions and gear for its air defence launchers.

Psychiatric hospital damaged

Further east, a psychiatric hospital was damaged and one person was wounded after Russia launched a missile attack overnight on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. 

Photos from the scene showed a huge crater on the grounds of the facility and patients taking shelter in corridors. Regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said a 53-year-old woman was hurt.

In Russia, the Defence Ministry said Russian air defence systems had intercepted 66 drones over the country’s southern Krasnodar region. Two more drones were shot down over the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula.

The governor of the Krasnodar region, Veniamin Kondratyev, said that Ukrainian forces targeted an oil refinery and infrastructure facilities but that there were no casualties or serious damage. The regional department of the Emergency Situations Ministry reported that a fire broke out at the Slavyansk oil refinery in Slavyansk-on-Kuban during the attack.

Ukrainian officials normally decline to comment on attacks on Russian soil, but the Ukrainian Energy Ministry said Saturday that two oil refineries in the Krasnodar region had been hit by drones.

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