A new wave of attacks in Ukraine by Russia using strategic bombers, cruise missiles, and killer drones has been reported. In the early hours of Friday, Russian forces launched a wave of attacks against Ukraine with cruise missiles, S-300 missiles, and killer drones. The Kremlin’s military push appeared to pick up pace in eastern areas of the country, particularly in the Luhansk and Donetsk provinces that make up the industrial Donbas region.

New Wave of Attacks in Ukraine by Russia

Ukrainian military chief, Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, reported that since Thursday night, Russian forces had launched 71 cruise missiles, 35 S-300 missiles, and seven Shahed drones. Ukrainian forces managed to down 61 cruise missiles and five drones.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, spoke out against the attacks, calling them “terror that can and must be stopped.” He has been campaigning for more Western support against Russia’s military ambitions.

The Ukrainian military says that the Kremlin’s ground forces are focusing on Ukraine’s industrial east, with the goal of securing areas it illegally annexed last September. Moscow’s objectives have narrowed since it launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022. At that time, the capital city of Kyiv and the installation of a puppet government were among its targets. However, several battlefield setbacks have since embarrassed Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kyiv claims that the Kremlin is currently concentrating its efforts on gaining full control of the Donbas region and is pushing at key points on several fronts. However, reports suggest that Russian progress is slow. In the Donetsk region, local Ukrainian officials reported that the Russian military has deployed additional troops and launched offensive operations. In Luhansk province, the Russian army is trying to break through Ukrainian defenses.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Moscow targeted the power supply in another attempt to destroy the Ukrainian energy system and leave Ukrainians without heat and water in the bitter winter. The barrage took aim at several cities, including the capital of Kyiv and Lviv near the Western border with Poland. The attacks also struck critical infrastructure in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city in the northeast, leaving seven people wounded.

Moldova’s Ministry of Defense reported that a missile was detected traversing its airspace near the border with Ukraine and summoned the Russian ambassador for talks. Ukraine’s Air Forces reported that another missile crossed the airspace of Romania, although Romania’s defense ministry denied the claim.

High-voltage infrastructure facilities in the eastern, western, and southern regions of Ukraine were hit, resulting in power outages in some areas. This was the 14th round of massive strikes on the country’s power supply. The last one occurred on January 26.

The situation after these new wave of attacks in Ukraine by Russia remains tense, with both sides continuing to engage in conflict. The world watches as the conflict continues to escalate, with fears that it may spiral out of control.