Russia says it struck Ukrainian energy plants in response to Kyiv targeting its own energy sector

By Thomson Reuters Apr 27, 2024 | 9:56 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday that its forces had carried out 35 strikes in the last week against Ukrainian energy facilities, defence factories, railway infrastructure, air defences, and ammunition stocks.

It said in a statement that the strikes, which spanned April 20-27, were β€œin response to attempts by the Kyiv regime to damage Russian energy and industrial facilities.”

Ukraine has systematically targeted Russian oil refineries and other facilities in drone attacks in recent weeks, ignoring U.S. requests not to do so.

Ukrainian officials said Russian missiles had pounded power facilities in central and western Ukraine on Saturday, increasing pressure on the ailing energy system as the country faces a shortage of air defences despite a breakthrough in U.S. military aid.

The Russian Defence Ministry said its campaign of strikes had been conducted using sea- and air-launched long-range precision weapons, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and drones.

It said it had also targeted and hit Ukrainian troop formations as well as what it described as foreign mercenaries.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Andrew Osborn)