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


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

The two countries have signed a decade-long security agreement which would see annual Latvian military support for Ukraine at 0.25% of GDP.

"Latvia also made a 10-year commitment to assist Ukraine with cyber defence, demining, and unmanned technologies, as well as support for Ukraine's EU and NATO accession," Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on X.

He added: "I am grateful to our friend and partner, Latvia. This is precisely the specificity and predictability that our struggle for freedom and independence requires."

The Ukrainian president is in Lithuania today for a surprise visit, and is also expected to sign a security agreement with Vilnius.

Another two people have been killed in a Russian missile attack on the southern city of Mykolaiv, taking the total number of deaths to four.

Five people have also been injured, Ukrainian officials said.

"The enemy continues ballistic strikes on the south of Ukraine. Insidiously struck Mykolaiv in the middle of the day," southern military command said on Telegram.

Private houses, cars and industrial facilities were damaged, it added.

The midday attack followed Russia's overnight strikes, which also targeted the Mykolaiv region.

The Russian defence ministry has said it hit oil, gas and power facilities in Ukraine with "massive strikes" overnight.

We've been reporting this morning on the aftermath of the attacks, which completely destroyed a power plant outside Kyiv and left 200,000 people in Kharkiv without power.

Moscow said it had used high-precision long-range weapons and drones in the attacks.

"As a result, the work of Ukrainian military industry enterprises was disrupted, the transfer of reserves to combat areas was thwarted, and the supply of fuel to the squads and military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was hampered," it said.

More details are coming through now on the Trypilska thermal power plant, which officials say has been completely destroyed in a Russian attack.

A huge fire has swept through the turbine shop and emergency workers are trying to contain the blaze, Interfax Ukraine is reporting.

Centrenergo, which runs the plant, said the facility had been completely disabled but all the workers on shift during the attack survived.

The Trypilska plant was the most powerful power plant in the Kyiv region, generating about 57% of the energy produced by enterprises in the area.

Centrenergo said it was a "black day" in its history and the company was "in so much pain".

Andrei Gota, chairman of the supervisory board, said: "The scale of destruction is terrifying."

A Russian missile attack on Ukraine's southern city of Mykolaiv has killed two people and injured at least four more, the regional governor has said.

Vitaliy Kim reported an air alert over the city at about 12pm local time.

Last month's terror attack in Moscow has raised concerns among US security officials that a similar organised attack could be carried out in America.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the 22 March attack on a concert hall near Moscow that killed 145 people.

The FBI's director Christopher Wray is set to tell politicians today: "Looking back over my career in law enforcement, I’d be hard pressed to think of a time where so many threats to our public safety and national security were so elevated all at once.

"But that is the case as I sit here today."

US officials have been concerned about the possibility of an attack carried out by an individual or small group inspired by the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

But the concert massacre in Russia has fuelled concerns about a more coordinated attack.

Of increasing concern "is the potential for a coordinated attack here in the homeland, akin to the ISIS-K attack we saw at the Russia Concert Hall a couple weeks ago", Mr Wray will say.

More people will be called up to fight after Ukraine's parliament passed a bill changing mobilisation rules.

The bill is being seen as crucial for Ukraine as it remains outgunned and outmanned on the battlefield.

Although the full final text of the bill has not been published online yet, it appears it sets no limit for the length of time that mobilised soldiers have to serve during the war.

The legislation must be signed by Volodymyr Zelenskyy before it becomes law.

It was passed in its final reading with a majority of 283 votes after months of deliberations.

The issue of mobilisation is a highly sensitive topic in Ukraine and has been a political headache for Mr Zelenskyy.

While it is clear Ukraine needs more troops to counter Russia's invasion, Ukrainians have become increasingly demotivated after more than two years of war.

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.

"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 kept up its intensive bombing campaign, Ukraine would 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 says 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 at 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.

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