Europe’s largest nuclear plant was left without power after Russian missiles rained down on several cities across Ukraine in a fresh offensive that killed at least five people.
The Zaporizhzhia plant in southeastern Ukraine, occupied by Kremlin troops, was left relying on backup generators after rockets damaged infrastructure that had been delivering electricity to the site.
The Black Sea port of Odessa and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s largest city were among the cities hit in the early morning barrage of missiles and explosions were also reported in the capital Kyiv.
“Explosions in the Holosiiv district of the capital. All services follow in place. More details later,” Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on Telegram.
Maksym Kozytskyi, governor of Lviv in western Ukraine, said that five people had been killed in overnight strikes.
Four people died in the Lviv region after a missile hit a residential area, Mr Kozytskyi said.
Three buildings were gutted by fire after the strike and rescue workers were combing through rubble looking for more possible victims, he said.
A fifth person was killed and two others hurt in multiple strikes in the Dnipropetrovsk region which targeted its energy infrastructure and industrial facilities, governor Serhii Lysak said.