Russia-Ukraine live updates: Putin orders attacks across Ukraine


Russia-Ukraine live updates: Putin orders attacks across Ukraine

More than six months after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion into neighboring Ukraine, the two countries are engaged in a struggle for control of areas throughout eastern and southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose forces began an offensive in August, has vowed to take back all Russian-occupied territory. But Putin in September announced a mobilization of reservists, which is expected to call up as many as 300,000 additional troops.

Zelenskyy: Deadly civilian strikes show 'true face' of Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday said Russia's missile assault on civilian targets across Ukraine showed Russia's "true face."

Eleven people have died and 64 are hurt across eight oblasts and the city of Kyiv, according to the Ukrainian State Emergency Service.

"The world once again saw the true face of a terrorist state that is killing our people," Zelenksyy said on Twitter. "On the battlefield & in peaceful cities. A country that covers its true bloody essence & goal with talks about peace. It proves that the liberation of is the only basis of peace & security."


Missile strikes are response for bridge attack, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday’s attacks on civilian areas across Ukraine were a response to Saturday’s attack on the bridge connecting Russia and Crimea.

“To leave without an answer a crime of such a type is already simply impossible. This morning, at the proposal of Russia’s ministry of defense and general staff, a massive strike of high precision, long-range weapons has been delivered from air, land and sea, on Ukraine's energy facilities, military command and communication,” Putin said.

He added, “In the case of continuing terrorist attack on our territory, the answers from Russia will be severe and by their scale correspond to the level of threat created for the Russian Federation. No one should have any doubts about that.”


US Embassy in Kyiv: 'Shelter in place'

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv emailed Americans in Ukraine, warning that they should shelter in place.

"The U.S. Embassy urges US citizens to shelter in place and depart Ukraine now using privately available ground transportation options when it is safe to do so," the email said.


Missiles strike civilian targets in cities across Ukraine

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine on Monday morning, as a series of Russian missiles struck civilian targets in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv and other cities.

Russia launched 75 missiles toward Ukraine, Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said. Forty-one of those missiles were struck down by air defenses, Zaluzhnyi said.

At least eight people died and 24 were injured in Kyiv, officials said. At least five missiles struck the capital at about 8 a.m. local time.

Missiles hit the capital's central Shevchenkiv District, with explosions near Parliament and other government buildings. Samsung's Ukraine headquarters, which is next to Kyiv's main train station, was damaged. Photos showed smashed glass windows and what appeared to be significant damage.

Power was out in much of Lviv, in western Ukraine, where several explosions were also reported. The mayor said "critical infrastructure" was damaged.


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