Ukrainian officials warn of widespread Russian missile attacks

Air raid sirens are in effect across Ukraine on Friday morning as officials warned of a potentially widespread Russian missile attack.

Explosions have already been reported in the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporizhzhia and the Kharkiv region and the threat of missile strikes is being reported elsewhere in the country.

Maksym Marchenko, head of the Odesa region military administration in Ukraine’s south, said on Telegram there is “enemy aviation in the sky” and that “Kalibr-type missiles carriers are in the sea.”

“The enemy has launched missiles,” Marchenko said.

Ukrainian officials reported sporadic Russian attacks Thursday night with Iranian Shahed drones — the kind of air-defense-exhausting assault that has often preceded a wider wave of missile strikes. There do not appear to have been casualties from the Shahed attacks.

The head of the Kyiv city military administration said Friday there is “a major threat of missile strike.”

Power outages: DTEK, the energy supply company, has introduced emergency power outages in the capital and region of Kyiv, and central region of Dnipropetrovsk in anticipation of Russian strikes. Earlier, an official in Zaporizhzhia city said Russian forces had targeted energy infrastructure.

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