Mykolaiv Oblast Head reported the fly-over of Russian missiles towards Ukraine’s “west and center.” The Russian missiles were also spotted in Vinnytsia, Odesa, and Kyiv Oblast while air defenses were active in the Chernihiv skies.
The air defenses reportedly destroyed five missiles in Kyiv Oblast and a few more aerial targets in Odesa Oblast. Several missiles turned near Kyiv and flew towards the country’s west where the explosions occurred later.
Explosions were heard in northwestern Rivne and Lutsk, western Khmelnytskyi, and southern Kirovohrad oblast. Also, the city of Kovel, Volyn Oblast, saw an explosion followed by a large plume of smoke.
After the Russian missile strike, the authorities and local residents reported blackouts in Khmelnytskyi, and partially in Lutsk. There also are power and water outages in Rivne, according to Suspilne.
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Missiles flew over Poltava Oblast, the oblast head reported. A missile hit an electric facility in Cherkasy Oblast leaving the Uman district without power, Cherkasy Oblast head Ihor Taburets reported. There are reports on explosions in Kropyvnytskyi.
Russia damaged energy infrastructure facilities in Odesa and Kirovohrad Oblasts, which caused power outages in some settlements, regional administrations reported.
The Ukrainian railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia reports that four out of 55 trains that are currently on the routes would reach their destinations 30 minutes later due to power outages at some sections of the railways:
“Due to the enemy attack on the energy infrastructure on Saturday morning, some sections remain de-energized, so trains are using reserve [diesel] locomotives,” Ukrzaliznytsia wrote.
The trains that are going to be delayed are Kyiv-Uzhhorod, Zaporizhzhia-Lviv, Kharkiv-Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv-Lutsk.
The extent of damage caused to energy facilities on October 22 may exceed those caused by the Russian strikes on October 10-11, Ukraine’s electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo says.
Lutsk Mayor Ihor Polishchuk says that the damage to the energy facility that was hit earlier today is critical.
“In fact, it is destroyed. Currently, its repair is impossible. According to preliminary information, the hit was made by three Kh-101 missiles,” he wrote.