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Russia launches large-scale missile, drone attack against Ukraine

by Martin Fornusek and The Kyiv Independent news desk and Dinara Khalilova February 7, 2024 8:11 AM 4 min read
The aftermath of a Russian attack against Kyiv on Feb. 7, 2024. (State Emergency Service/Telegram)
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Editor's note: This is a developing story and is being updated.

Russia launched another large-scale attack against Ukrainian cities early in the morning on Feb. 7. Kyiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv oblasts were targeted.

At least five people were killed and over 50 injured in various regions as of 2:30 p.m. local time. The numbers may still rise as rescue operations are ongoing.

Explosions rocked the skies above Kyiv, according to Kyiv Independent journalists on the ground. According to the city's military administration, at least four people were killed and at least 40 injured in Kyiv.

First responders were called to the capital's Dniprovskyi district following the reports of explosions. At least three people were injured there, two of whom were hospitalized, Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported earlier.

Klitschko reported that two high-voltage lines in the Dniprovskyi district were damaged by missile debris.

In the Holosiivskyi district, cars and a car repair shop caught on fire, Klitschko said. A fire broke out also in an 18-story building in the district, resulting in dozens of injured, including a pregnant woman. Some 60 residents of the building were evacuated.

According to Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko, four people were found dead under the rubble of the damaged high-rise building.

Klitschko also said that some residents on the eastern bank side of the city had experienced power outages, later adding that the heating infrastructure was damaged in that area.

Kyiv Independent journalists reported temporary problems with the water supply on the western bank side of the city.

Ukraine's air defense shot down almost 20 Russian missiles over the country's capital, the Kyiv city military administration reported.

Russian forces reportedly launched Kh-101, Kh-555, and Kh-55 cruise missiles from Tu-95MS strategic bombers from Russian territory. The Russian missiles hit Kyiv in several waves from different directions.

Elsewhere in Kyiv Oblast, the Russian attack damaged dozens of houses, several apartment buildings, a cultural center, an educational institution, a post office, and vehicles, according to the Kyiv Oblast Military Administration.

Three people are known to have been injured in Kyiv Oblast as of 6 p.m., the regional authorities said.

Meanwhile, Lviv Oblast Governor Maksym Kozytskyi said via his official Telegram page that cruise missiles were maneuvering between Lviv, Ternopil, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts.

Several explosions were heard in Drohobych, located some 77 kilometers south of Lviv, the regional center. There were no reports of casualties in the city.

Local authorities later reported that an industrial facility in Drohobych caught fire, which was promptly put out by emergency services.

Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Suniehubov reported that Russian forces struck Kharkiv at least four times at around 6 a.m. local time.

According to the governor, the attack targeted the Slobidskyi district of the city, damaging a building of a local company.

Three of the company's employees, including two men aged 59 and 64 and a 52-year-old woman, were injured, prosecutors reported.

Mykolaiv Oblast was attacked both by air-launched missiles and Shahed-type drones. Around 40 residential buildings were damaged in Mykolaiv, officials said.

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych reported that one man, later identified as an employee of Naftogaz's Gas Networks, died as a result of the attack.

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First responders putting out a fire caused by a Russian missile attack on Kyiv Oblast on Feb. 7, 2024. (State Emergency Service/Telegram)

The State Emergency Service and the Interior Ministry said that six people have been confirmed as injured in Mykolaiv.

This comes as a correction of an earlier statement by Senkevych, who previously said that as many as 12 have been injured in the southern city.

According to Governor Vitalii Kim, a fire started in an underground section of an underground gas pipeline.

"In addition, a technical structure was damaged, and a fire broke out on the territory of the infrastructure facility," Kim said, adding that first responders are putting out the fire. A missile also reportedly hit the center of a street.

Later during the day, Naftogaz Group, the state-owned operator of Gas Networks, said that two gas pipelines in Mykolaiv were damaged.

In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukrainian defenses shot down two Shahed "kamikaze" drones, Governor Serhii Lysak said. The buildings and cars of a utility company were damaged by drones and falling debris.

A fire broke out but was quickly extinguished by emergency services. No casualties were reported in the oblast.

This was not the first attack of such scale during this winter. Russia carried out a number of massive attacks in the past weeks and months, most notably on Dec. 29, 2023, Jan. 2, and Jan. 23.

Several explosions heard in Kyiv, western Ukraine’s Drohobych
Explosions rocked the skies above Kyiv in the morning of Feb. 7 amid Russia’s latest mass missile attack, according to the Kyiv Independent journalists on the ground. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko urged residents to remain in shelters.
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