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Ukraine Endures Barrage of Russian Missiles and Drones

Ukraine Endures Barrage of Russian Missiles and Drones
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Ukraine found itself under a heavy onslaught from its neighbor to the east. President Volodymyr Zelensky reported that Russia had launched a staggering 40 missiles and 40 drones at Ukrainian targets, marking one of the most intense bombardments in recent weeks.

As darkness fell, the barrage began, with Russian forces targeting critical infrastructure across Ukraine. The city of Kharkiv, already scarred by previous attacks, bore the brunt of the assault as missiles rained down, leaving parts of the city without electricity.

Despite the ferocity of the attack, Ukrainian forces were able to intercept some of the incoming threats. "Some missiles and 'Shahed' drones were successfully shot down," Zelensky said, acknowledging the efforts of the air defense system that was on guard throughout the night⁴.

The morning revealed the extent of the damage. Fires had broken out in several locations, including a gas distribution facility and an electric substation, but were quickly extinguished by firefighters. The head of the Lviv region, Maksym Kozytsky, reported the attacks on social media, noting the swift response of emergency services.

Internationally, the attack drew condemnation and calls for increased support for Ukraine's defense capabilities. Zelensky urged Ukraine's Western partners not to "turn a blind eye" and to provide more air defense systems to help protect the country from such attacks in the future⁴. Amidst the strategic and military implications, the human cost of the conflict continues to mount. While there were no immediate reports of casualties, the psychological toll on the Ukrainian people is immeasurable, as they face the constant threat of attack.