War in Ukraine: Missile attack in Crimea, Russia holds the US responsible… update on the situation

War in Ukraine: Missile attack in Crimea, Russia holds the US responsible… update on the situation

Au moins deux personnes blessées lors d'une attaque à la roquette russe sur la région de Kiev (illustration). MAXPPP – STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE HANDOUT

Tous les jours, Midi Libre fait le point sur la situation en Ukraine. Ce dimanche 23 juin 2024, découvrez les dernières actualités autour de ce conflit.

Moscow reports three dead and nearly 100 injured after Ukrainian missile strikes

Ukraine attacked the city of Sevastopol in Crimea on Sunday with five ATACMS missiles supplied by the United States, killing three people including two children and injuring around 100 others, Russian leaders said. Four of the missiles were shot down by air defense systems while the last one exploded in mid-air, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Ukraine struck "civilian infrastructure in the city of Sevastopol with ATACMS tactical missiles supplied by the United States and equipped with fragmentation warheads", the Russian ministry continued. Nearly 100 people were injured by shell debris, Mikhail Razvozhayev, pro-Russian governor of Sevastopol, announced on Telegram.

Russia holds US responsible for Ukrainian attack in Crimea

Moscow accused the United States on Sunday of being responsible for an attack carried out by Ukraine against the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, which killed at least five people, including three children. and injured 124 others, saying Washington provided the missiles used by kyiv. The Russian Defense Ministry said four American tactical missiles (ATACMS) equipped with fragmentation warheads were shot down by Russian air defense systems, while a fifth missile exploded in flight. In a statement, he said US experts had configured the missiles' flight coordinates based on intelligence obtained from US spy satellites, meaning Washington was directly responsible.

Partial power outages throughout Monday in Ukraine

Ukraine plans partial power cuts throughout the day on Monday across the country, operator Ukrenergo announced this Sunday, explaining that the electricity network was experiencing serious difficulties after “massive” Russian attacks. "On June 24, all regional electricity distribution companies will implement planned power outages" all day long, the operator said on Telegram.

The country, whose infrastructure was heavily damaged by Moscow's attacks, is forced to provide for this type of restrictions. But, until recently, they generally concerned smaller time slots, during peaks in consumption. Ukrenergo explained that these measures were necessary because electricity consumption "increases at the beginning of the week" and that the network is weakened by "massive Russian attacks".

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