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Updated: Russia launches large-scale attack against Ukraine, hitting energy infrastructure

by Dmytro Basmat and The Kyiv Independent news desk and Kateryna Hodunova May 8, 2024 4:49 AM 3 min read
The aftermath of an overnight Russian attack in Zaporizhzhia Oblast on May 8, 2024. (Governor Ivan Fedorov)
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Editor's note: This is a developing story and is being updated.

Russian forces launched a large-scale attack against Ukrainian cities overnight on May 8. Russia launched cruise and ballistic missiles, rockets, and Shahed-type drones throughout the night, Ukraine's Air Force reported.

Ukraine's Energy Ministry said that energy infrastructure was attacked in Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia oblasts. The damage is being investigated and already work is ongoing to restore electricity and power generation capacity.

Three thermal power plants were damaged in the recent attacks, according to Ukraine's largest private energy company DTEK. The company did not specify the location of the plants but said that the equipment was damaged "seriously."

The extent of the damage is currently unclear, however, in Poltava Oblast, a Russian drone struck a critical infrastructure facility, causing a fire to break out, regional governor Filip Pronin said on Telegram.

Residents also reported hearing explosions in Kyiv around 5:30 a.m. local time. The Kyiv Oblast Military Administration also reported explosions around Kyiv Oblast, near the capital.

In the city of Brovary in Kyiv Oblast, a fire broke out at a civilian infrastructure site due to falling debris from a Russian missile attack, Mayor Ihor Sapozhko reported. Two people, a woman aged 62 and a man aged 34, were hospitalized as a result of the attack.

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One residential building, 14 homes, and a car was damaged due to falling debris from downed missiles in Kyiv Oblast. Power outages were also reported in the area.

In Kirovohrad Oblast, Russian forces targeted the Oleksandriiskyi district, hitting energy infrastructure, Governor Andrii Raikovych reported. An 8-year-old child was injured due to the strike. At least 13 houses and nearly 30 garages were damaged.

At around 5 a.m. local time, Russian forces hit an energy infrastructure facility with cruise missiles in the Chervonohrad district in Lviv Oblast, Governor Maksym Kozytskyi reported. Another facility was struck in the Stryi district.

A second Russian attack against Lviv Oblast occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time, according to Kozytskyi. Russia carried out a strike with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile. No Casualties among civilians or damage to infrastructure were reported.

The attacks began around 4:30 a.m. local time with multiple explosions reported in Zaporizhzhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Poltava oblasts.

Ukrainian air defense were at work across all regions of Ukraine, including in Kyiv and as far west as the city of Lviv.

In response to the Russian attack, Poland's Air Force said it, along with allied forces, scrambled aircraft to protect Polish airspace.

"Tonight, intensive long-range aviation activity of the Russian Federation is observed, related to missile strikes carried out against objects located on Ukrainian territory," Poland's Air Force wrote.

Russian missile and drone attacks have increased in frequency and intensity in recent months. Ukraine suffers a critical shortage of air defense systems due to delays caused by Congress in passing U.S. military aid, giving Russian forces the opportunity to launch renewed assaults on energy infrastructure.

Ukrainian officials have warned that Russia is preparing for an anticipated summer offensive, amid dwindling Ukrainian ammunition and air defense.

President Volodymyr Zelensky previously urged partners to provide further air defenses, saying that failing to do so gives Russia a "global license for terror."

"We need air defense and other defense aid, not turning a blind eye and long discussions," he said on his Telegram channel.

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