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Ukraine’s capital, other cities suffer power, water outages after Russian missile strikes

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A woman clutches a water bottle as her burntout apartment building is seen behind her.

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Russia has fired missiles at Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, in what President Vladimir Putin has called retaliation for an attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

Ukraine said it shot down most of these missiles, but some hit power stations, cutting off electricity and water.

The United States denounced the attacks, saying about 100 missiles were fired on Monday and Tuesday.

“As temperatures drop, these Russian attacks aimed at exacerbating human suffering are especially heinous,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters during a daily press briefing.

Russia denies targeting civilians.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February in what Moscow called a “special military operation” to eliminate dangerous nationalists and protect Russian speakers.

Kyiv says Moscow’s military action is an unprovoked imperialist land grab.

Thousands of Russian men have fled abroad to escape conscription in a conflict that has killed thousands, displaced millions and reopened Cold War-era divisions.

The European Union on Tuesday accused Moscow of illegally enlisting men in Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.

“Why should I leave? »

Russia told civilians on Tuesday local time to leave an area along the eastern bank of the Dnipro River in Ukraine’s Kherson province, a major extension of an evacuation order that Kyiv said amounted to forced depopulation of occupied territory.

Russia had previously ordered civilians out of a pocket it controls on the west bank of the river, where Ukrainian forces have been advancing for weeks to capture the city of Kherson in what would be a strategic prize in the eight-year war. month.

Russian officials said on Tuesday they were also extending the order to a 15-kilometre buffer zone along the eastern shore. Ukraine says the evacuations include forced deportations from occupied territory, a war crime.

Russia, which claims to have annexed parts of the Kherson region, says it is keeping civilians safe because of the risk that Ukraine may use unconventional weapons.

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