A car in Bakhmut on the Donbass, where Ukraine is fighting back (Photo: Reuters)

A flurry of Russian bombings disrupted electricity and water supply in a number of Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv.

Missiles and drones hit ten regions and damaged 18 facilities, mostly energy facilities, UkraineThis was stated by the Prime Minister of Russia Denis Shmyhal. The country’s air force said it shot down 44 of more than 50 cruise missiles launched.

Emergency power outages began in Kyiv, Zaporozhye, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

In Kiev, explosions were heard for three hours, when residents were preparing to go to work with an alarm.

At least one person was injured in the strikes, which damaged homes and left 80% of people in the city of 3 million without water.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that repairs are underway, but advised people to stock up on water from the nearest pump stations and retail outlets.

Ukrainians check their phones while waiting for shelling at a subway station in Kyiv (Photo: EPA)

Sergei from Kyiv says: “At first I thought I heard a jet plane, but then I realized it was a rocket. The explosions were so loud. I consider myself experienced and prepared for such attacks. But it was too close and too loud. I was scared.”

Russia said it had used high-precision, long-range weapons against military command and energy systems.

But the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “We will stand up, and generations of Russians will pay a high price for their shame.” The attacks came two days after Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone strike on the Black Sea Fleet off the coast of Crimea, which Ukraine denies.

Meanwhile, Turkey said it was determined to push ahead with a deal to allow safe passage for ships carrying grain from Ukraine, despite Russia ending its involvement.

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