‘A difficult night’ in Ukraine: At least 6 dead after wave of Russian missiles, drone strikes: Live updates

Written by on March 9, 2023

A wave of Russian missiles and drones hit Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine on Thursday, in what appears to be one of the biggest attacks on Ukraine this year.

At least six people were killed and seven were injured, authorities in the regions of Kyiv, Lyiv and Dnipropetrovsk said on their Telegram channels. Sites in Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Zhytomyr and Kirovohrad were also struck. More than eighty missiles were fired in the barrage, hitting what Ukrainian officials described as numerous “critical infrastructure facilities,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on his Telegram channel.

The attack caused blackouts in some parts of the country.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: “No military objective, just Russian barbarism. The day will come when Putin and his associates are held accountable.”

At the end of January, 11 people were killed when Russia’s military unleashed missile attacks across Ukraine the day after the U.S. and Germany said they would provide Ukraine’s military with modern tanks. Thursday’s attack comes as Russia’s invasion last year passed the one-year mark and Russian forces have sought to capture Bakhmut and other cities and villages in eastern Ukraine. Zelenskyy described the latest Russian missile and drone attack on Ukraine as “a difficult night.”

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Three rockets launched against Ukraine from Russia's Belgorod region are seen at dawn in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 9, 2023.


►Russia launched 81 missiles and eight exploding Shahed drones, Ukraine military officials said. Thirty-four cruise missiles and four drones were intercepted, they said.

►About 150,000 households were left without power in Ukraine’s northwestern Zhytomyr region. In the southern port of Odesa, power lines were damaged and emergency blackouts occurred, authorities said.

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“Today’s enforcement action demonstrates there is a price to pay for Russian companies and oligarchs that flagrantly evade sanctions that the United States has imposed in response to the unjustified war against the people of the Ukraine,” Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said in a news release.

People search the rubble of a house following a Russian strike in the village of Velyka Vilshanytsia, near Lviv, on March 9, 2023.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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