On Monday, the Kremlin unleashed a barrage of missiles and kamikaze drone strikes across Ukraine, destroying scores of civilian objects and a few military buildings.
At least six missiles pounded Kyiv, and cities in Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kryvyi Rih, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Lviv, and Zhytomyr were also struck.
Multiple waves of cruise missiles were out across the country between 8 and 10 a.m., right in the middle of the daily commute. The assaults began on the second day after the Ukrainian military launched a dramatic strike against the Kerch Strait bridge that links the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula to the Russian mainland.
In a statement, Valery Zaluzhny, commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), claimed that Russia launched at least 75 cruise missiles during the morning strikes, of which AFU units shot down 41. The attacks, he claimed, were ongoing as of 11 a.m.
Many Russian official media outlets had urged President Putin to respond to the Kerch Bridge incident by launching massive, all-out strikes on Ukrainian cities and infrastructure.
At least four missiles in the first wave hit the heart of Kyiv. One went off in the administrative district close to Maidan Square, where protesters gathered in 2014 to denounce a rigged election that had briefly installed a pro-Kremlin candidate as president of Ukraine.
One went off in the administrative district close to Maidan Square, where protesters gathered in 2014 to denounce a rigged election that had briefly installed a pro-Kremlin candidate as president of Ukraine. Another missile struck the neighboring Pechersk neighborhood, shattering glass in the high-rise office building where President Volodymyr Zelensky and his cabinet worked.
The National Academy of Sciences building in upscale Kyiv’s Golden Gate neighborhood was the target of a single missile strike. The strike happened right in the middle of the morning rush. Photographs at the scene revealed a burned car and the statue’s remains honoring the 20th-century Ukrainian scientist Mykhailo Hrushevsky.
A sacristan of St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, who did not wish to disclose his name, spoke to a Kyiv Post writer less than a block away from the crossroads where one of the missiles launched at Kyiv fell.
If you look closely, you can see that the blast wave shattered the window directly over the entrance, but we’ve already repaired it and are proceeding with the liturgy as planned.
In this area, Taras Shevchenko National University occupies the vast majority of the nearby structures.
About 50 meters from the crossroads that was hit is Kyiv City Clinical Hospital No. 18, which had all its windows smashed.
You may find the Museum of Natural History, the National Opera, and St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral within a block of the crossroads.
Several videos captured the moment an explosion occurred beneath the bridge at Volodymyrska Hirka park, a popular green place with benches and sidewalks overlooking the Dnipro River.
At least two missile-hit sites were within a kilometer of where President Zelensky was seen saying, “We are dealing with terrorists.”
They intend to destroy our electricity grid and generate widespread fear. There is no way out for them. The Ukrainian defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, remained unfazed: “Our courage will never be shattered by terrorists’ missiles, even when they hit the heart of our capital.”
Nothing but Russia‘s future as a widely reviled renegade terrorist state is destroyed by these actions.
Vitaly Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, issued a Telegram statement saying that citizens had been killed and injured due to the strikes and that emergency responders were already on the scene. Estimates of fatalities and injuries varied widely in the first reports, from five to eight people dead and as many as twenty-five hurt.
In Kyiv, most people hid in bomb shelters or underground metro stations, and the city’s streets were largely deserted. Craters or damage to a kindergarten playground were visible in citywide images.
Ukraine’s Minister of Culture, Oleksandr Tkachenko, reported that the blasts had damaged the capital city’s Philharmonic Orchestra building as well as two national institutions. Photos released by Zelensky’s office showed smoke billowing from at least two strikes close to a power plant in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.
At least ten weapons were reported to have struck civilian residences and businesses in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia. In a statement, Oleksandr Starukh, commander of the Zaporizhzhia regional defense command, reported that an apartment complex had been completely demolished. On October 9th, Russian missiles pounded the city, killing 14 and injuring 70.
On October 6th, a bomb exploded in the city’s industrial hub, killing 19 and injuring 49. In a statement released over the weekend, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pleaded with western nations to provide Ukraine with more air defense weaponry “to preserve innocent lives.”
It was claimed on Monday that two missiles had landed in the Lviv region, close to the town of Berezdivtsy. According to regional spokesman Maksym Kozitsky, electrical grid infrastructure was the focus of Kremlin strikes. Many buildings went dark in Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, and Zhytomyr.
Images from Dnipro revealed severe damage to the roof of a building used to repair military vehicles after a missile strike. Unofficial accounts claim that at least five explosions were heard nearby.
On Monday morning, Russia reportedly fired missiles at Ukrainian targets from six different airbases, as reported by Ukraine’s national air defense information network. According to Vitaly Kim, chief of the Mykolaiv regional defense command, the Russian military is also launching missiles from airfields in the Astrakhan region. He estimated that 47 missiles were part of the third wave that was fired around 9:30 a.m.
Unconfirmed reports also suggested that Russia had employed submarines and bombers in the morning attacks.