Deadly Russian Strikes Pound Ukraine

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Smoke rises after an attack by Russian army in Odessa, on April 3, 2022. - Air strikes rocked Ukraine's strategic Black Sea port Odessa early Sunday morning, according to an interior ministry official, after Kyiv had warned that Russia was trying to consolidate its troops in the south. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

The largest Russian strikes on Ukraine in weeks killed at least six people and caused power outages across the war-battered nation on Thursday.

Kyiv’s military downed nearly half of the missiles launched by Russia over at least 10 regions, as the fight raged on for control of the symbolic prize Bakhmut in Ukraine’s east.

The deadly Russian barrage on Thursday struck the relatively peaceful Lviv region in Ukraine’s west and left second-city Kharkiv without power, water or heating.

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“The enemy fired 81 missiles in an attempt to intimidate Ukrainians again, returning to their miserable tactics,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

For months Russia has been pummelling key facilities in Ukraine with missiles and drones — disrupting water, heating and electricity supplies for millions of people.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said two people were injured and 15 percent of households were without power and 40 percent without heating following explosions in two areas of the Ukrainian capital.

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On Prospekt Peremogy, or Victory Prospect, in the west of Kyiv, three cars parked near a high-rise apartment building were charred and several others damaged by an attack, an AFP reporter saw. The ground was littered with shattered glass from windows.

“Our windows look onto that side. There was a really loud crash,” said local resident Igor Yezhov, 60, a car dealer originally from Russia.

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