Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
Vladimir Putin has vowed a ‘severe’ response to attacks on Russia after firing dozens of missiles at Ukraine this morning, blowing up power networks and killing civilians in retaliation for the Crimea Bridge blast at the weekend.
At least 83 rockets were fired, Ukraine’s military said, with half shot down but half slamming into cities across the country. At least ten people were killed and 60 wounded, Ukraine said, with eight of those deaths and 24 injuries in Kyiv alone. Rockets also hit the German consulate, but the building was empty.
A mixture of missiles and Iranian-made suicide drones were used to strike the cities of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine, northern Kharkiv and Sumy, central Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia, and even far-western Ternopil and Lviv, President Volodymyr Zelensky said. Some of these cities have not been hit in months.
Putin said he ordered strikes on ‘military, communications, and energy infrastructure’ after what he called ‘terrorist’ attacks by Ukraine – pointing to the Crimea bridge attack but also accusing Kyiv of bombing one of its own nuclear plants, attacking gas pipes and assassinating officials and journalists. Dmitry Medvedev, a staunch ally of Putin, called today’s attacks the ‘first episode’ of a wider response.
Putin said: ‘Kyiv’s regime, with its actions, places itself in line with international terrorist organisations. Leaving such crimes without response is impossible. In case of continuing attacks we will respond in harsh manner and in line with level of threats to Russian Federation. Nobody should have any doubt about this.’
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the bridge attack and blames Russia for strikes on nuclear infrastructure and gas pipes. Zelensky said Monday’s missile attacks had targeted power networks, water supplies, and civilians in an attempt to ‘sow terror’.
‘Russia is trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth,’ he added, as adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the strikes showed ‘the Kremlin’s terrorist inadequacy’ after a string of humiliating battlefield defeats.
Oleksii Reznikov, the defence minister, said Ukraine’s courage would never be broken and ‘that the only thing they demolish is the future of [Russia] – a future of a globally despised rogue terrorist state.’