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Aftermath of missile assaults in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 9. (Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Company/Getty Pictures)

It has been a “tough evening” in Ukraine as Russian forces launched a barrage of missiles on a number of areas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned in a Facebook message on Thursday.

The Ukrainian president claims Russian missiles hit “important infrastructure and residential buildings” throughout Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Dnipro, Odesa, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhytomyr and the Vinnytsia areas.

“Sadly, there are injured and lifeless. My condolences to the households,” Zelensky mentioned. 

This comes after Ukrainian officers say 81 missiles were fired by the Russian military, because the battle escalated in a single day into Thursday morning.

Zelensky mentioned the Russian assault was “an try and intimidate Ukrainians once more, returning to their depressing techniques. The occupiers can solely terrorize civilians. That is all they’ll do. However it gained’t assist them. They gained’t keep away from accountability for every part they’ve performed.”

Following the strikes 15% of the capital went with out electrical energy briefly, Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned earlier on Telegram. 

Zelensky has since confirmed that “all companies” at the moment are working. “The power system is being restored,” he added. 

At the very least three individuals had been injured within the Russian strike on Ukraine’s capital, whereas in Lviv a minimum of 5 individuals have been confirmed lifeless, officers have mentioned.

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