Russia has targeted critical infrastructure with missile strikes since October, causing blackouts and other outages during the bitter winter in Ukraine.
Russia launches air attacks on Ukraine
Ukraine has declared an air raid alert over the whole country and senior officials say air defences units are shooting down incoming Russian missiles, while fighting also intensified in Bakhmut in the east.
The attacks on Thursday come after the United States and Germany announced plans to arm Ukraine with dozens of modern battle tanks in its fight against Russia, which denounced the decisions as an “extremely dangerous” step.
“The first Russian missiles have been shot down,” Andriy Yermak, head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said.
Overnight, the military said its anti-aircraft defences had shot down all 24 drones sent by Russia, 15 around the capital, Kyiv. There were no reports of damage.