DERANGED Vladimir Putin has unleashed fresh rocket attacks on Ukraine when one of his closest allies claimed they were bombing the country “back to the 19th century”.
Several residential buildings and a medical facility were hit in the latest barrage as Russian missiles rained down on Zaporizhia overnight.
Explosions rang out in the southern Ukrainian city as Putin fired 12 S-300 rockets in what it feared would be the start of a new wave of strikes, while his cronies hit back at claims that the Russian army was running out of rockets.
Blasts were also heard in the port cities of Odessa and Vinnytsia on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast – although it’s not yet clear if there were casualties.
And a Russian missile was shot down by a fighter jet over the capital, Kyiv.
It comes as raid sirens were activated in all regions of Ukraine.
Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhia OVA, announced on Telegram: “A missile attack by 12 S-300 missiles hit public facilities. Two rockets hit a car dealership, killing one person, a fire broke out and emergency services managed to put it out.”
Ukrainian emergency services urged residents to stay indoors amid fears Putin could unleash a fresh wave of deadly attacks on civilian hotspots.
“Warning. During the day there is a high probability of rocket attacks on the territory of Ukraine. For your own safety, please stay in shelters, do not ignore air raid signals,” emergency services warned via Telegram.
They also said 19 people were killed and 105 injured in Monday’s rocket attacks.
Harrowing footage from the disaster site in the city of Zaporizhzhia shows firefighters scrambling to evacuate people from a nearby apartment building.
Meanwhile, firefighters were seen battling a massive inferno that killed one person at a Skoda dealership.
The footage shows sheets of metal and the mutilated body of a civilian strewn across the ground.
Another shows a block of flats with blown out windows.
Anatoly Kurtev, a senior member of Zaporizhia City Council, blamed Russia for Tuesday’s “terrorist” attack.
He wrote on Telegram: “As a result of the morning rocket attack, an educational institution, a medical facility and residential buildings were also damaged. Unfortunately, there are victims.”
“Russia is a terrorist country.”
The new rocket attack comes as:
- The death toll from the devastating airstrike in Russia on October 10 rose to 19.
- Russia is believed to be running out of guns and is facing a “startling” death toll, according to the head of Britain’s spy agency GCHQ.
- Frightened Moscow officials are reportedly planning to evacuate the families of occupiers in Crimea after Ukraine’s daring bridge attack.
- There are fears that Putin will launch a new ground attack to seize Kyiv after a joint task force was announced with the puppet regime in Belarus.
But analysts say Putin’s latest venture may be his last as Russia is rapidly running out of missiles.
Michael Clare, a security and defense analyst, said there is evidence that Russia has an “improvised” missile inventory.
He told Sky News: “We have seen missiles hitting buildings, which were sea-launched missiles, they were anti-ship missiles carrying a half-tonne warhead against aircraft carriers.
“We have seen surface-to-air missiles intended to be used as anti-aircraft missiles against ground targets. And the Russians don’t seem to have that many, Kalibr, ship launch cruise missiles – that they use, they used a few yesterday.
“But if they had more, they would certainly consume more. The problem is that they seem to be running out of the components they need to do these things because they have been under sanctions for quite some time.”
With the skills of Russia, Ukraine can be transformed into a 19th-century country
It comes as pro-Kremlin pundits have vowed on Russian TV to bomb Ukraine “back to the 19th century” in the latest bombastic threat.
Putin’s cronie Yuri Podolyaka told state TV Channel 1 that Russia has plenty of missiles, claiming that the country is capable of “holding out.” [Monday’s] level of intensity”.
He asked Vlad to “strike until the opponent begs for mercy,” adding, “Russia’s capabilities can turn Ukraine into a 19th-century country.”
Defense analyst Alexander Artamonov said on the same program that Western hopes that Russia would run out of missiles would never be fulfilled, claiming his country possessed an arsenal of at least 5,000 such deadly weapons.
It follows reports that kindergartens in at least one Russian region are open 24 hours a day so parents can work night shifts in ammunition factories that produce Vlad’s deadly weapons.
Yesterday’s horrific rocket attacks on major Ukrainian cities cost Moscow between $400 million and $700 million, according to Forbes.
Russia used the Kh-101, Kh-555, Kalibr, Iskander, S-300 and Tornado-S missiles to hit civilian targets in Ukraine.
Another leading pro-Putin voice also escalated genocidal rhetoric against Ukraine, urging the Russian president to unleash “genocidal chaos” across Europe this winter by relentlessly bombing Ukraine until it “no longer exists as a nation “.
Andrei Sidorov of Moscow State University called for fresh airstrikes that would send millions of Ukrainians fleeing.
He demanded on state television: “Why do we need hungry, cold, dirty, poor Europe?”
The scientist added: “We will bring Europe to the brink of survival… We should wait for the right moment. And cause a migration crisis for Europe with a new influx of Ukrainians.”
In another chilling threat, he continued: “The situation we are living through should be managed rationally, not emotionally – and the rationale is that Ukraine should not exist as a nation.”
The latest spike in indiscriminate Russian bombings appears to be a revenge attack after the massive blast that destroyed the Kerch Bridge on Saturday.
This precision strike, allegedly ordered by Kyiv, destroyed the only road connecting the Crimean Peninsula — which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014 — to mainland Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Monday’s attacks “absolutely evil”.
He said on Telegram: “Saporizhia again. Again merciless beatings on peaceful people.
“On apartment buildings, in the middle of the night.”
He added that 49 people, including six children, are in the hospital.
“Absolute meanness,” he continued. “Pure evil. Savages and Terrorists.
“From the one who gave this order to all who carried out this order. You will be responsible. Secure. Before the law and before the people.”
Terrified residents watched from behind police tape as responders tried to reach the upper floors of a building that collapsed in the attack, leaving a smoldering abyss at least 40 feet wide where apartments had previously stood.
A 76-year-old resident of Mucola Markovich said he and his wife hid under a blanket when they heard incoming missiles and crackers from explosions.
He said: “There was an explosion, then another. Then her apartment on the fourth floor disappeared in a flash.
“I don’t know when it will be rebuilt,” he said. “At the end of my life I’ll be without a home.”
Dramatic footage shows rescue workers carrying a woman out of the rubble of a collapsed building.
Russian missiles also rained down on Kyiv, killing at least eight and injuring 24.
A missile landed near President Zelenskyy’s office, while the BBC reported the missiles hit more central areas than Russian attacks earlier in the war.
Shocking live footage shows a rocket screeching across the sky before slamming into a building.
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