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Russia-Ukraine war latest: Major Russian attack completely destroys power plant

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Russia-Ukraine war latest: Major Russian attack completely destroys power plant

Russia's major overnight attack has renewed calls from Ukraine for allies to provide Patriot air defence systems.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy pointed out on Telegram this morning that while some of the missiles and drones launched by Russia were shot down, still others managed to break through Ukraine's air defences.

"Each of our neighbours in Europe, each of our other partners sees how critical Ukraine's need for air defence is," the Ukrainian president said.

He continued: "Air defence and other defence support are needed, not turning a blind eye and long discussions."

Mr Zelenskyy had warned days ago that if Russia keeps up its intensive bombing campaign, Ukraine will run out of air defence systems.

Ukraine's foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba also said Russia's overnight attack used six ballistic missiles, which can hit targets within minutes and are much harder to shoot down.

Kyiv has said this is why it needs US-made Patriot air defences.

"Ukraine remains the only country in the world facing ballistic strikes. There is currently no other place for 'Patriots' to be," Mr Kuleba wrote on X.

A major Russian attack overnight has caused serious damage to Ukraine's energy infrastructure.

Russian forces fired missiles, including hypersonic Kinzhals, from more than nine strategic bombers.

Critical infrastructure was targeted in the regions of Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv and Kharkiv.

Ukrainians first heard air alarm sirens and about 4am and civilians were urged to get to shelters immediately.

A little earlier we showed you pictures of Kyiv residents sheltering inside a metro station, with children sleeping under blankets.

Ukraine's air force said a total of 82 drones and missiles were used by Russian forces.

They included X-101/X-55 cruise missiles, Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, anti-aircraft guided missiles, Shahed drones and guided aviation missiles.

Ukraine's military said its air defences intercepted and shot down 57 aerial targets - 18 missiles and 39 Shahed drones.

The attacks damaged power substations and generating facilities in five regions, as well as underground gas station facilities.

The Trypilska thermal power plant outside Kyiv was also completely destroyed, a senior power company official said.

Meanwhile, an attack in Kharkiv snapped power links to more than 200,000 households.

The Trypilska thermal power plant has been completely destroyed in Russian strikes, according to Interfax Ukraine citing a senior power company official.

The plant had been situated outside the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Russia staged a major missile and drone attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure early this morning.

Substations and power facilities have been damaged in five regions and at least 200,000 people are facing emergency power cuts.

The Ukrainian president is currently arriving at his Lithuanian counterpart's palace.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius today for a surprise visit.

Leaders from a dozen states in central Europe are expected to attend the Three Seas Summit in the city today.

"Important meetings are scheduled, and a new bilateral security agreement is to be signed," Mr Zelenskyy wrote on X.

"The main task for now is to make every effort to strengthen our air defence system, to meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, and to consolidate international support so that we can overcome Russian terror."

A Russian missile strike once again forced residents in Kyiv to take shelter inside a metro station.

The station has regularly been used as a bomb shelter during aerial attacks.

We are getting more updates now on the Russian "counter-terrorist" operation in the country's south.

Special forces have killed two people in a shootout on the outskirts of Nalchik, the National Antiterror Committee said.

The gunmen were suspected of plotting a terror attack, the committee said.

It did not give any details of what the suspects were believed to be planning.

The shootout came amid heightened security concerns following the terror attack on a Moscow concert hall last month that killed 145 people.

An affiliate of Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabardino-Balkaria, where the shootout took place, is in the North Caucasus region where Islamic extremism has brewed for decades.

Low demand is not a problem the smuggler has to worry about.

This individual, who takes young men across Ukraine's western border into Europe, says he is only able to assist a tiny fraction of those who make enquiries.

Motivation is not an issue for 'Stas' either - the smuggler claims his purpose is all about saving young people's lives.

"They simply aren't ready to die, young people aren't ready to bury themselves alive," he says.

"So they turn to us for help. A significant number of people are turning to us - I won't mention names."

The smuggler organises "crossings" for men trying to avoid conscription into the Ukrainian armed forces.

By sneaking them into one of five neighbouring European countries, his clients can apply for temporary residency - safe in the knowledge they will not be sent back.

Read more on this from our international correspondent John Sparks below...

Reports are coming in of a "counter-terrorist operation" in parts of the Russian city of Nalchik and the Cherek district in the southern Kabardino-Balkaria region.

A group of gunmen opened fire on security forces who surrounded them outside Nalchik, Russian news agency RIA reported.

We will bring you more updates on this as we get them.

We are getting more details now on Russia's overnight strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

Two underground gas storage facilities were struck overnight, Ukraine's national oil and gas firm Naftogaz said.

"Early in the morning of 11 April, the enemy attacked two Ukrainian underground storage facilities," it said.

"The storage facilities continue to operate."

Explosions heard in the northeastern region of Kharkiv this morning were part of a major Russian attack on energy infrastructure which has left 200,000 people without power.

Ukraine's national gridoperator Ukrenergo said power substations andgenerating facilities in five regions were damaged.

An attack in Kharkiv snapped power links to more than200,000 households, Oleksiy Kuleba, the deputy headof the Ukrainian president's office, said on the Telegrammessaging app.

We've had updates from the governors in the Zaporizhzhia (in the south) and Lviv (in the west) regions, while authorities in Kviv also say energy facilities were targeted.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said 40 missiles and 40 drones were launched overnight.

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