Russian forces have launched hundreds of missile strikes in Ukraine over the past week, most of them at civilian targets, a senior US military official said Friday.
“Since the attack at the Kerch Strait bridge last week, we’ve seen the Russians continue to retaliate. The use of precision guided munitions in a very imprecise way has continued over the course of the week,” the official said. “I think it’s fair to say we’re in the hundreds in terms of the number of missiles that the Russians have launched against Ukrainian targets.”
The official said Russians are mainly targeting civilians, especially civilian infrastructure including “electricity or bridges or otherwise.”
“They have been used at civilian targets either indiscriminately or certainly in a deliberate way as it relates to infrastructure targets like electricity or bridges or otherwise,” the official said.
The latest was a strike on energy infrastructure in the Kyiv region. A Russian missile attack Saturday morning severely damaged a facility, the Ukrainian national energy company Ukrenergo said in a statement, also warning about possible rolling blackouts.
The southern city of Zaporizhzhia was also hit by apparent Russian missile and drone attacks Saturday, according to Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the region's military administration.
The city was struck by “10 or more” C300 missiles Saturday morning, following four strikes by kamikaze drones overnight.
Putin's deadly onslaught: Viewed as retaliation for the bridge blast, the wave of deadly missile attacks began Monday and caused major damage to power systems across Ukraine, forcing people to reduce consumption to avoid blackouts.
CNN's Kostan Nechyporenko contributed to this report