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Russia launched a massive attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure for the first time in six months

On the night of September 21, 2023, Russian forces targeted a number of Ukrainian regions with air-launched cruise missiles Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55.

Ukrainian defenders shot down 36 out of 43 enemy missiles. However, damages from hits and fallen debris were recorded across the country. Approximately 40 buildings were damaged, and about twenty people were injured due to the Russian missile attack, reported Denys Shmyhal, the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Furthermore, as the National Power Company (NPC) “Ukrenergo” informed, this was the first massive attack on Ukrainian energy facilities in six months. It resulted in partial power outages in the Rivne, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkiv regions. Restoration of power supply for consumers in affected areas is currently underway.

On the night of September 21, Ukrainian forces shot down over 20 enemy targets over Kyiv. Missile debris fell in the Darnytskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts of the capital. As a result, residential buildings, non-residential structures, a service station with parked cars nearby, and a gas pipeline were damaged. Due to the attack, 8 people were injured, including 2 children. Four victims were hospitalized.

In the Kyiv region, fires broke out at industrial facilities due to fallen debris. There was also damage to the residential area, and two people were injured.

In Cherkasy, a hotel building was destroyed due to a Russian missile strike. Eleven people were injured.

In the Lviv region, the enemy launched three missile strikes on the city of Drohobych, targeting an industrial facility and a private two-story warehouse. According to preliminary information, there have been no casualties.

There were also hits on civilian infrastructure in Rivne. In particular, a service station and 5 cars located on its premises were damaged. In the Khmelnytskyi region, due to the fallen debris of a missile, the private household was affected. In both cases, there were no casualties.

Russian forces shelled Kharkiv using S-300 missiles at night, targeting one of the city’s districts. A civilian infrastructure object was hit in the attack, and a fire broke out. In addition, a water pipeline was damaged, leaving one of the city’s hospitals without a water supply. According to preliminary information, 3 people were injured.

During the night, Russia also carried out artillery shelling in Kherson. At least three people were killed, and five more sustained injuries of varying degrees.