Russian shelling hits Zaporizhzhia infrastructure facility

An infrastructure facility on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine was hit in Russian attacks on Thursday morning, a Ukrainian military official said.

The attack caused a fire but no casualties, according to the head of the region’s military administration, Oleksandr Starukh.

“The enemy attacked the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia overnight. According to preliminary information, these were three shells of the MLRS ‘Smerch’. There are no casualties. The infrastructure facility was hit. A fire broke out, which was extinguished in time by the State Emergency Service,” Starukh said on Telegram.
“Windows in 10 apartment buildings and educational institutions were damaged. Roofs, doors, and windows were destroyed in more than 10 private houses. The entire street was left without electricity.”

Some context: Ukrainian officials believe Russia’s countrywide drone and cruise missile attacks are being carefully orchestrated to target important infrastructure as Ukraine heads into winter. By hitting thermal power stations, electricity sub-stations, transformers and pipelines, Russian forces have been directly impacting Ukrainians’ ability to access power, water and the internet. On Tuesday, the EU Commission President condemned Russia’s attacks as “pure acts of terror.”

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