Russia-Ukraine war live: air alarm across Ukraine with Vinnytsia explosions reported; Zelenskiy urges swift tank delivery | Ukraine

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The Kyiv city authority has reported that 15 cruise missiles heading in the direction of Ukraine’s capital were shot down by air defences, according to Suspilne, Ukraine’s state broadcaster.

It has also reported that some residents in Odesa are saying that they have lost water supply.

Ukraine air force spokseperson: more than 30 missiles are expected

Suspilne, Ukraine’s state broadcaster, quotes an air force spokesperson saying:

In total, more than 30 missiles are expected, which are already being launched in several areas. He added that in the morning about six Tu-95 planes took off and fired missiles.

Reuters reports that one of its journalists heard the sound of a missile flying overhead at a low altitude, about 30 kms from the capital Kyiv.

Its latest update reports that two missiles were spotted over the territory of the Mykolaiv region, its governor, Vitaly Kim, said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Missiles are flying inside the territory of Ukraine. At least two northwest through Mykolaiv region,” he said.

An air raid alert sound across the country as people were heading to work. In the capital, people sheltered in a metro station, with some sitting on blankets and small plastic chairs.

“The first Russian missiles have been shot down,” Andriy Yermak, head of the president’s office said.

Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv, has urged residents to take shelter and cautioned them about publishing information about the latest air alert on the internet. In a post on the Telegram messaging app, Kozytskyi writes:

Rockets in the neighboring region. They are moving in our direction. Stay in shelter. Do not film or post anything on the internet. If you see a suspicious aircraft, report it to the air defence forces using the “Something is Flying” telegram chatbot.

Further to the south there are images emerging from Ukraine’s state broadcaster Suspilne which appears to show smoke rising over the region of Odesa.

The Kyiv Independent writes that “At least six explosions sounded in the central-western city of Vinnytsia, according to the Kyiv Independent journalist on the ground.”

Reports say that a second set of explosions has been heard in Vinnytsia. Additionally, there are power outages in 35 settlements in the Kherson region, according to Ukraine’s state broadcaster Suspilne.

State broadcaster Suspilne has reported that the mayor of Vinnytsia, Serhiy Morgunov, has said “the work of anti-aircraft fire could be heard”. It also quotes Serhiy Borzov, the head of the Ukrainian air force, saying “There is an air battle going on. The air force of the armed forces of Ukraine controls the airspace over Vinnytsia.”

The city is in the west of Ukraine, some considerable distance from the frontline.

Ukraine state broadcaster Suspilne has posted on its official Telegram channel that explosions have been heard by its correspondents in Vinnytsia, and that air defence is activated in Kyiv.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry, has posted to say that the air alert is in effect across all of Ukraine.

The Kyiv Independent has reported that emergency power shut-downs have begun in some areas of Ukraine due to the threat of the attack. Electricity and energy infrastructure has frequently been struck during Russian missile attacks, despite the Russian Federation repeatedly asserting that it does not target civilians or civilian infrastructure.

⚡️ DTEK cuts off power in some regions amid ongoing Russian missile attack.

Ukraine’s private energy company DTEK said that it is performing emergency shutdowns in Kyiv city and Kyiv, Odesa, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts due to a missile attack.

— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) January 26, 2023

“Some rockets fly through Kharkiv oblast, some through Vinnytsia in a western direction. Stay in shelters,” Ukraine’s defence force has just posted on Telegram.

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