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Vladimir Putin unleashes hell as brutal drone attack rocks key Ukrainian city

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May15,2024

Russian forces continued a relentless drone attack on Ukraine attempting to strike the second-largest city of Kharkiv just one day after a “massive” attack coincided with Vladimir Putin‘s Victory Day Parade.

While Ukraine claimed to have destroyed all 10 incoming drones, two people were injured and several residential buildings caught fire as a result of the attack.

The news comes just one day after Russian forces unleashed a nighttime barrage of more than 50 cruise missiles and explosive drones at Ukraine‘s power grid, targeting a wide area in what President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called a “massive” attack on the day the country celebrates the defeat of Nazism in World War II.

The bombardment blasted targets in seven Ukrainian regions, including the Kyiv area and parts of the south and west, damaging homes and the country’s rail network, authorities said. Three people, including an 8-year-old girl, were injured, according to officials.

Russia has repeatedly pounded Ukraine‘s energy infrastructure during the war that is stretching into its third year and has claimed thousands of lives. By taking out the power, the Kremlin’s forces aim to rob Ukrainian manufacturing of its energy supply, especially military plants, and crush public morale.

Russian attacks have damaged nearly half of Ukraine‘s power infrastructure since the start of the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, officials say. The damage is estimated at £10 billion, with £800 million inflicted during the past two weeks, according to the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament’s Committee on Energy and Housing Services, Andrii Herus.

The mass barrages also drain Ukrainian air defences of ammunition as Kyiv’s depleted forces await delivery of the latest batch of promised Western military support. Ukrainian officials have been pleading for more NATO-standard air defence systems, such as Patriots.

Zelenskyy noted that Wednesday’s attacks occurred on the day that Ukraine observed the end of European fighting in World War II and equated Ukraine‘s current struggle with that conflict, saying on social platform X that “only a united free world” can stop Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine last year changed the date of the Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism to avoid it coinciding with Russia‘s own Victory Day commemorations on May 9.

Russia pummeled Ukraine‘s energy infrastructure during the “blackout winter” of 2022-23. In March, it launched a new wave of attacks, one of which destroyed the Trypilska power plant near Kyiv, one of the country’s biggest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has framed the attacks as retaliation for Ukrainian long-range strikes on Russian oil refineries. On Wednesday, a Ukrainian attack hit an oil terminal, injuring five workers and starting a fire, Russia-appointed authorities in the partially occupied Luhansk region said.

Russian bombardments, though frequent, have become less regular in recent weeks, and Ukrainian officials suspect Moscow is stockpiling resources ahead of a major battlefield offensive that could come within weeks.

The 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) front line has changed little since the early months of the war, but Russia has recently made small but steady gains in some areas as Ukraine battles with a lack of manpower and a shortage of weapons.

National electrical grid operator Ukrenergo said facilities were hit in the Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovohrad, Poltava and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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  1. How can we ensure the safety of civilians living in Kharkiv amidst such relentless drone attacks?

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