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Russia targets regions across Ukraine in mass missile attack

by Elsa Court January 13, 2024 10:09 AM 2 min read
Illustrative photo: A woman walks amid broken branches as result of snowstorm in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, on Jan. 8, 2024 . (Viktor Fridshon/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Russia carried out a mass attack against regions across Ukraine on the morning of Jan. 13, using a range of weapons, including hypersonic missiles, according to the local authorities and the Air Force.

Russia launched missiles at the city of Shostka in Sumy Oblast in north-eastern Ukraine at around 7:30 a.m., injuring one woman and leaving 12,000 residents without heating for most of the morning, the region's Military Administration said.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, at least 26 buildings were damaged and preliminary information indicates that Russian forces used Kh-22 anti-ship missiles in the strike.

Explosions were heard in Chernihiv Oblast in the north of Ukraine. Governor Vyacheslav Chaus confirmed that air defense had been at work in the region and that Russia's attack had caused damage in an unspecified location. "So far, there are no casualties," Chaus said.  

In central Ukraine, a missile was shot down over Kremenchuk in Poltava Oblast, damaging a building, but no casualties were reported. The rocket had not exploded, Governor Filip Pronin said.

In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Governor Serhii Lysak reported that "two enemy missiles are now scrap metal" after two cruise missiles were downed over the district of Kryvyi Rih.

Explosions were also heard in the city of Kropyvnytskyi in Kirovohrad Oblast. Governor Andrii Raikovych also reported that there were no casualties in the region.

In Khmelnytskyi Oblast in the west of Ukraine, the local authorities reported that a missile was downed above the region and that according to current information, "critical infrastructure and the civilian population were not affected."

Air defense forces were also at work in Rivne Oblast, and there were no casualties or damage, according to Governor Oleksandr Koval.

In Lviv, the air raid alert lasted from around 6:30 a.m. to around 8:25 a.m., and "several times rockets were dangerously close to Lviv Oblast," according to Governor Maksym Kozytsky.

Due to the air defense forces in the west of Ukraine, "rockets did not manage to enter the airspace of Lviv Oblast," Kozytsky said.

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