An elderly man walks past a car shop that was destroyed after a Russian attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
photo: AP/Leo Correa
Regarding NATO's involvement in the conflict, Moscow said, "Entering into a direct conflict with the United States and NATO is not in Moscow's interest, but Russia will respond to the West's increasing interference in the conflict."
The Crimean Bridge attack triggered a wave of attacks on Ukraine's major cities; the Crimea Bridge is a symbol of Russian pride and engineering; at 19KM, the longest bridge in Europe was severely damaged by what Russia said was a Ukrainian truck bomb. Although traffic resumed on the undamaged lane of the bridge.
Today, Russia has continued to launch long-range missiles at Ukraine's energy and military infrastructure. " We achieved striking the intended targets; all the targeted facilities were hit," the Defense Ministry said.
Russian-launched missiles struck critical infrastructure in the city, leaving many areas without electricity, Lviv Mayor Andrei Sadovy said.
"As a result of the missile strike, 30% of Lviv will remain without electricity for a temporary period," Sadovy wrote on Telegram. He added that two of the city's neighborhoods were also cut off water supplies. Russian missile strikes also caused a blackout in the Lviv region on Monday.
Ukrainian media reported that the outskirts of Kyiv witnessed several explosions where the air defense system worked. Videos spread on social media show missiles that struck inside Ukrainian cities.
Sirens were sounded in several regions of the country this morning, including Kyiv, amid reports of new explosions in Kremenchuk, Poltava, Sumy, and Kirovograd. The Ukrainian emergency said that more than 300 residential areas in 5 regions of Ukraine are still without electricity, adding that the death toll from the Russian strikes on Ukraine on Monday rose to 19, and multiple injuries.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov is saying today that entering into a direct conflict with the United States and NATO is not in Moscow's interest but that Russia will respond to the West's increasing interference in the Ukrainian conflict, according to the Russian Information Agency.
"We warn and hope that they realize the danger of uncontrolled escalation in Washington and other Western capitals," Ryabkov was quoted saying.
The Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, were met on Monday with a wave of condemning and threatening Western reactions, while China called for a "stop escalation."
The Russian Defense Ministry announced that its forces had achieved the targets for their massive strikes in Ukraine yesterday, confirming that all the target sites had been hit. Its intelligence claims to have planned the attacks since early October.
The US President will hold a virtual meeting with the leaders of the G7 countries today to support Ukraine. Biden pledged to continue supporting Ukraine to defend itself and to provide it with advanced air defense systems. The US President also stressed his continued participation with allies and partners to continue imposing sanctions on Russia and holding it accountable for what he described as "war crimes and atrocities" it is committing in Ukraine.
The European Union, in turn, said that the Russian attacks showed Moscow's choice of the indiscriminate method of bombing civilians.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry called for a halt to the escalation in Ukraine after explosions rocked several cities in what appeared to be "Russian retaliatory" strikes following the explosion of a Crimea Bridge explosion. "We hope to stop the escalation soon," ministry spokesman Mao Ning told a news briefing.