Viktor Bukhta, a 57-year-old resident of a damaged residential building in Kiev’s Svyatoshinsky district, where officials said three people were injured and apartment windows were shattered, said a missile hit nearby at around 6.45 p.m.
“We went to the yard. People got injured, they helped, first aid kits were handed out from the cars,” he told The Associated Press. “Then the cars caught fire. We tried to put them out with the car’s fire extinguisher. And I got a little burned.
Kiev’s city administration said the capital was attacked with both missiles and drones that exploded. Many were intercepted but its power structure was affected.
Smoke could be seen billowing from a factory in Kiev’s Holosivsky district and police have closed all roads leading to it.
The alarm in Kiev was lifted shortly before 8 a.m., and the air raid sirens fell silent after some seven hours.
Private power operator DTEK said three of its power stations were affected. There were no casualties, but the company said equipment was severely damaged.
Mayor Ihor Terekhov told Ukraine’s public broadcaster that Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was left without running water and heating after 15 missiles hit the area.
Terekhov said the power outage also disrupted mobile communications and public transport in the city, as all trams and trolleybuses came to a halt.
Lviv Gov. Maxim Kojitsky said five people were killed in a missile attack on a residential area in the Lviv region. He said three buildings were destroyed by the fire and rescuers were searching through the rubble for more possible victims.
Governor Serhiy Lysak said a sixth person was killed and two others wounded in a series of attacks in the Dnipropetrovsk region that targeted its energy infrastructure and industrial facilities.
In the south, Odessa Governor Maxim Marchenko said residential buildings were affected and several power lines were damaged in attacks in his area. He said six missiles and a drone were shot down.
Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Hlushchenko condemned the missile attacks as “another barbaric attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure”.
Ukrainian Railways reported power cuts in some areas, with 15 trains running late.
Supplier DTEK said preventive emergency power cuts had been implemented in the Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Odessa regions. Klitschko said that 40% of consumers in Kiev were without heating due to emergency power cuts. He said that the water supply is disrupted.