Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych shared on social media that more than 100 missiles had been launched toward Ukrainian cities in “several waves”.
Blasts were also heard in the cities of Kharkiv, Odesa, and Zhytomyr. At least two explosions were reported in Kyiv, but it was unclear if they were the result of missile attacks or air defenses, reported by Just News.
Maksym Marchenko, Odesa regional leader, said in a statement that Russia has carried out a “massive missile attack” on Ukraine.
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Power cuts were announced in the Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk regions, aimed at minimizing potential damage to the energy infrastructure, Just News reported.
“After the night attack of self-exploding drones, the enemy is attacking Ukraine from various directions with air and sea-based cruise missiles from strategic aircraft and ships,” CNN quoted the Ukrainian Air Force as saying.
“Air defense is working over the region now,” Marchenko said, calling on residents to stay in shelters.
Moscow has repeatedly denied targeting civilians, but Ukraine says its daily bombardment is destroying cities, towns, and the country’s infrastructure from power to medicine.
Earlier, Ukraine’s southern command had issued a warning that Russian forces were preparing to launch up to 20 missiles from positions in the Black Sea.
Ukraine’s recently liberated southern city of Kherson has remained under constant bombardment from Russian forces which had retreated to the east bank of the river when the city was retaken in a major victory for Ukraine last month.