Russia has unleashed another wave of rocket, drone and missile strikes across Ukraine in its sixth mass attack since early October.

Ukraine’s authorities said the attack, like the previous five, was aimed at destroying the country’s energy system.

Strikes on critical infrastructure in Odesa and Dnipro were confirmed by the presidential administration and the respective regional heads on Thursday morning. Three people were reportedly injured in Odesa region its authorities said, while a another 14 people were injured, including a teenager, in the strike on Dnipro city, according to its mayor Borys Filatov. The Dnipro regional administration reported that a total of five people were injured.

Two rockets and an Iranian Shahed drone were shot down over Kyiv, according to the head of Kyiv region, Dmytro Kuleba.

The head of Mykolaiv region reported that Iranian-supplied Shahed drones were at work over his region. He also said that a rocket had been launched in their direction from the Black Sea. He did not confirm whether the attacks had hit their targets. “Crooked, toothless, miserable petty thieves – all you need to know about the Russian army,” he later added on Telegram.

Guardian correspondents in Mykolaiv region heard a series of loud explosions on Thursday morning. It was not clear if it was the sound of Ukrainian air defences.

Unofficial Telegram channels reported Ukraine’s air defence systems working in Kharkiv, Cherkasy and Poltava regions.

The head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, said on Telegram that Russia would fail in its attacks on the energy sector. “This is a naive tactic of cowardly losers that we are ready for,” wrote Yermak.

“Ukraine has already withstood extremely difficult blows of the enemy, which did not have the results that these Russian cowards were counting on. We continue to move forward. Do not ignore the air-raid sirens, they will not succeed. We will crush them.”

Since early October, Russia has been targeting Ukraine’s energy facilities through a series of mass strikes. Earlier this month, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that about 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure has been destroyed.

On 15 November, Russia launched about 100 missiles into Ukraine, according to its authorities. Although almost three-quarters were caught by Ukraine’s air defence systems, energy facilities in almost every region were targeted, according to the state energy company Ukrenergo. Ukrenergo has yet to make a full statement on the latest damage but described the attack as the worst so far.

Emergency blackouts implemented across Ukraine’s northern and southern regions in a bid to stabilise the grid.

Two people were killed in a village on the Polish border as a result of Russia’s Tuesday strike. Ukraine’s allies said it was a Ukrainian air defence missile, but Ukraine insists it was of Russian origin. Poland’s authorities said that an investigation was under way to establish the facts, and said on Thursday that Ukraine was likely to get access to the missile site in south-eastern Poland.

Forensic experts investigate the site where a missile hit a village in the south-east of Poland killing two people.
Forensic experts investigate the site where a missile hit a village in the south-east of Poland killing two people. Photograph: Polish police/AFP/Getty Images

In his nightly address, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said emergency and stabilisation shutdowns were taking place in 18 regions and in the capital Kyiv.
“We are doing everything to restore electricity – both generation and supply. Another meeting of the Ramstein [talks] took place. The key issue [discussed] was the strengthening of our anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence,” he said.

The Ukraine Defense Contact Group meetings, known as the Ramstein talks, refer to a series of regular meetings between Ukraine and its allies, including the US. The first meeting was held in April and the gathering on Wednesday was the seventh. The talks take place at the Ramstein airbase in Germany and are one of the main channels through which Ukraine lobbies for military aid.

Zelenskiy also said that he held talks with the World Bank about restoring damaged infrastructure and public facilities “in order to guarantee a normal life for people”.

“If we survive this winter, and we will do it, Ukraine will definitely win this war,” said Zelenskiy in separate comments to journalists on Wednesday.

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