MOSCOW JUSTIFIES STRIKES, V. ZELENSKY DENOUNCES “A TERRORIST STATE”
Russia called the strikes, which it carried out using new hypersonic Kinjal missiles, “retaliation” for an incursion into its territory on March 2 by Ukrainian “saboteurs”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Thursday evening, in his daily message on the Internet, “a new attempt by the terrorist state to fight civilization, which temporarily cut off power, heating and water in some of our regions and of our cities.
In Washington, a White House spokeswoman said, “It is “devastating to see these brutal, unwarranted attacks on civilian infrastructure across Ukraine.”
RAIN OF FIRE ON UKRAINE
Massive Russian missile and drone strikes in Ukraine, the largest in weeks, killed at least six people on Thursday and left part of the population without power, as well as, temporarily, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. According to the Ukrainian army, the anti-aircraft defense shot down 34 of the 81 missiles launched by Moscow, and four Iranian-made Shahed explosive drones. None of the six Kinjal missiles used by the Russians for the attack could be shot down, kyiv said.