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Russia massively strikes Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Lviv: Consequences revealed

Russia massively strikes Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Lviv: Consequences revealed Illustrative photo: Consequences of Russia's massive air attack on Ukraine (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

On the night of April 11, the Russian occupiers launched a massive air strike against Ukraine using cruise, ballistic, and aerial ballistic missiles (Kinzhal), as well as kamikaze drones. Explosions were heard, in particular, in Kharkiv and Lviv, and energy facilities were also attacked.

Sources used: Ukrainian Air Force Command, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov, Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kyiv City Military Administration Serhii Popko, Head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration Maksym Kozytskyi, Southern Defense Forces of Ukraine, Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Ivan Fedorov, Head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration Ruslan Kravchenko, head of the press center of the Southern Defense Forces of Ukraine Natalia Humeniuk, Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko, DTEK energy company, head of the Kharkiv Region National Police Volodymyr Tymoshko, and Deputy Head

What Russians used to hit Ukraine with

The Ukrainian Air Force reported the launch of Russian Shahed attack drones late in the evening on April 10. After midnight and throughout the night, the air raid alert spread throughout Ukraine.

At 1:30 a.m., it was reported that about nine Tu-95 strategic bombers had taken off from the Murmansk region (Russia). At about 4 a.m., the Tu-95MS bombers maneuvered near the launch area. The launch of cruise missiles was recorded.

Later, at about 6 a.m., the Ukrainian Air Force reported the movement of four MiG-31Ks, and later - the launch of Kinzhal airborne ballistic missiles on the territory of Ukraine.

Consequences of Russian attack

That night, the first reports were of Ukrainian Air Defense Forces and assets operating in the south of Ukraine, particularly in the Odesa region. Later, it was reported that air defense was operating in the Kyiv region, targeting Russian kamikaze drones.

  • In Kharkiv and the region, explosions were heard due to Russian missile attacks. Local authorities clarified that the Russian invaders had struck the city and the region at least ten times.

Also, public media reported problems with electricity after the explosions in Kharkiv. The mayor's office adds that the city may have problems with power supply, as Russia again targeted the energy sector. Mayor Terekhov also said that the subway would not work in the coming hours. The Kharkiv Regional Military Administration noted that power outages were already being recorded.

There was no information about the victims in Kharkiv and the region, the officials say. It is not yet clear the place of the strikes. The police said that in the morning, Russian troops attacked Kharkiv and its suburbs, using S-300 air defense systems.

According to Oleksii Kuleba, deputy head of the Presidential Administration, the most difficult situation due to the current massive Russian attack on Ukraine is in the Kharkiv region.

"There were more than 10 missile attacks on the city alone. Russia is trying to destroy Kharkiv's infrastructure and leave the city in darkness. There are already power outages in the region - more than 200 thousand subscribers in the Kharkiv region have been left without electricity. The subway is working as a shelter," the official says.

  • According to Ruslan Kravchenko, the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, Russia attacked the Kyiv region with Shaheds and rockets in the morning.

"The alert lasted more than 5 hours. Unfortunately, a critical infrastructure facility was attacked during the air raid in the Kyiv region," he says, adding that there was no information on casualties or deaths.

The official also says that all emergency services are on the scene, and the fire at the facility is being extinguished.

  • Ukrainian Air Defense Forces were operating in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions due to Russian missile attacks. In particular, Russia launched Kinzhal missiles at Lviv.

Later, the head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration, Maksym Kozytskyi, clarified that Russia attacked 2 critical energy infrastructure facilities in the region with cruise missiles of various classes and drones. Namely, a gas distribution infrastructure facility in the Stryi district and an electricity substation in the Chervonohrad district.

"Fires started. They were quickly extinguished by firefighters. There were no casualties as a result of the enemy's attacks. All life support systems in Lviv region are operating normally," the official informs.

  • Explosions were also heard in the Zaporizhzhya region last night. The Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine reported that an energy infrastructure facility was damaged in the Zaporizhzhia district as a result of a Russian missile attack. The extent of the damage is being clarified, there was no information about casualties, the military adds.
  • In the Mykolaiv region, the wreckage of the downed Russian Shaheds fell in an open area, there is no information on damage or casualties.
  • In the Odesa region, the wreckage of downed kamikaze drones caused a fire at a power plant, which has been extinguished.

Russian attacks on energy facilities in four regions

According to the head of the Ministry of Energy, last night and in the morning, generation facilities and transmission systems in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, and Kyiv regions were attacked by Russia.

"Power engineers are already working to eliminate the consequences," says Herman Halushchenko.

DTEK, in turn, reported that during this combined attack, Russia hit two thermal power plants. The power engineers note that the equipment of the enterprises was seriously damaged.

"After the attack, the power engineers promptly began to eliminate the consequences and restore the equipment. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties," DTEK says.

Ukrainian air defense operations

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in its morning report, last night, 37 Shaheds were shot down by Ukrainian Air Defense Forces and means, and in total, Russia launched 40 attack drones at Ukraine. Information about the downed missiles is being clarified, the military command adds.

The Southern Command clarified that 21 kamikaze drones were shot down in their area of responsibility. Namely, 7 in the Odesa region, 8 in the Mykolaiv region, and 3 in the Kherson and Dnipro regions.

"At night, Russia massively attacked the south of Ukraine with regular waves of attack drones. The combat operation lasted more than 5 hours. The aggressor is targeting the energy infrastructure again," the military adds.