Russian missiles and drones leave six wounded, energy sector hit hard

Aftermath of Russian massive missile attack on March 29
Aftermath of Russian massive missile attack on March 29

Six people, including a child, were injured as a result of a massive Russian attack on the energy sector this night, reported Internal Affairs Minister Ihor Klymenko on Telegram on March 29.

The attack spanned 10 regions and aimed to dismantle essential energy facilities, along with civilian and residential buildings, employing a mix of cruise missiles, hypersonic weapons, and attack drones. The assault led to the complete destruction of approximately 10 homes, with many more sustaining damage, Klymenko said.

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Klymenko highlighted the rapid response of over 150 rescuers and 35 vehicles from the State Emergency Service, who worked tirelessly to mitigate the aftermath of the strikes.

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The situation escalated with an air alert issued across several Ukrainian regions on March 28, in response to Russian drones penetrating the airspace. These drones, advancing westward, were linked to explosions reported in cities like Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.

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Russia launched 99 targets on March 29, including 60 attack UAVs, 3 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, 6 Iskander cruise missiles of different types, 9 X-59 missiles, and 21 X-101/X-555 missiles, according to the Ukrainian Air Force.  Ukrainian defenses successfully intercepted 84 of these threats.

Poland's military confirmed the deployment of fighter jets to counter the Russian Kinzhal missiles aimed at Western Ukraine.

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Ukrenergo, an electricity transmission system operator, reported damage to thermal power plants and hydroelectric power plants in the central and western oblasts. Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko said that Russians attacked facilities in Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, and Cherkasy oblasts.

Largest private energy operator DTEK reported serious damage to three thermal power plants.

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Russia attacked critical infrastructure of Dnipropetrovsk oblast, damaging several facilities, according to regional authorities. A total of 24 missiles and drones were shot down in oblast by Air Forces, said regional governor Serhiy Lysak.

The enemy hit residential buildings near Kamianske, resulting in five wounded, a five-year-old girl among them.

Further reports confirmed Russian assaults on other Ukrainian regions.

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