Russia on Monday launched more missile barrages against Ukrainian energy infrastructure after it said Ukraine launched a drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.
According to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the strikes targeted 10 regions across Ukraine and damaged 18 mostly energy-related facilities. He said the missile barrage left hundreds of towns and villages without power.
In the capital Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 80% of the city’s residents were left without water, and 350,000 apartments had no power after the Monday strikes. Later in the day, he said 270,000 apartments remained without power and 40% of residents were still without running water.
According to South Front, Russia’s strikes resulted in the largest losses of energy supply throughout the country since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the strikes were a response to the drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol but hinted more retaliation could come. “But that is not all we can do,” he said, according to TASS.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said that 16 aerial drones and unmanned vessels targeted Russian ships in the Sevastopol attack, which occurred on Saturday. Ukraine has not taken credit for the attack, and so far the US has only acknowledged that there were explosions near Russian ships in the area.
Russia had previously avoided large-scale coordinated strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, a common tactic of US military operations. The Russian attacks on infrastructure began after the truck bombing of the Kerch Bridge, which connects the Russian mainland to the Crimean peninsula.