Russia renews attacks on Ukraine’s energy sector as Kiev launches drones into southern Russia

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Police experts work near a crater at the site of hospital buildings damaged by a Russian missile attack as people watch, amid the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 27, 2024. | Photo credit: REUTERS

Russia launched a barrage of missiles against Ukraine overnight, in attacks that appeared to target the country’s energy infrastructure. Meanwhile, Russia said its air defense systems had intercepted more than 60 Ukrainian drones over the southern Krasnodar region.

The Ukrainian Air Force said on April 27 that Russia had launched 34 missiles against Ukraine in one night, 21 of which were shot down by Ukrainian air defenses.

In a message on Telegram, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said energy facilities in Dnipropetrovsk in the south of the country and Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv in the west had been attacked and an engineer had been injured.

Private energy company DTEK said four of its thermal power plants were damaged and there were “casualties,” without giving details.

Earlier this month, Russia destroyed one of Ukraine’s largest power plants and damaged others in a massive missile and drone attack as it renewed efforts to target Ukraine’s energy facilities.

Ukraine has called on its Western allies for more air defense systems to fend off such attacks. At a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on April 26, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that the US will provide Ukraine with additional ammunition and equipment for its air defense launchers.

Further east, a psychiatric hospital was damaged and one person injured after Russia launched a missile attack on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, overnight. Photos from the scene showed a huge crater on the facility’s grounds and patients taking refuge in hallways. Regional Governor Oleh Syniehubov said a 53-year-old woman was injured.

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Also in the Kharkiv region, a man was killed in a nighttime attack on the city of Vovchansk, according to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service.

In Russia, the Defense Ministry said Russian air defense systems had intercepted 66 drones over the southern region of Krasnodar. Another two drones were shot down over the Moscow-annexed Crimean peninsula.

Krasnodar Region Governor Veniamin Kondratyev said Ukrainian forces targeted an oil refinery and infrastructure facilities, but there were no casualties or serious damage. The regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that a fire broke out at the Slavyansk oil refinery in Slavyansk-on-Kuban during the attack.

Ukrainian officials normally refuse to comment on attacks on Russian territory, but Ukraine’s Energy Ministry said on April 27 that two oil refineries in the Krasnodar region had been hit by drones.

Five people were injured in a drone strike in a border village in Russia’s Belgorod region, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

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