Emergency blackouts in 'most regions' of Ukraine due to Russian shelling, minister says

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Most regions in Ukraine are experiencing emergency blackouts in the wake of Russian shelling and there will be ‘difficult days’ ahead, Ukraine’s energy minister said Saturday. Russian missile strikes were reported throughout Ukraine on Saturday, including a hit on infrastructure facilities in Kyiv and explosions in the Dniprovskiy district of the Ukrainian capital, the city's mayor said. Follow our blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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10:37pm: Shock in Ukraine after Russian strike on residential building during holiday season

Rescue efforts are ongoing following a Russian strike on a residential building in Dnipro on Saturday. “The attack really shocked Ukraine,” says FRANCE 24’s Correspondent Gulliver Cragg, reporting from Kyiv.

“It’s a holiday today – Old New Year – and it’s a Saturday. The fact that the strikes happened today is reminding Ukrainians of the Russian strikes that took place two weeks ago on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.”

7:06pm: Zelensky says Russian 'terror' can only be stopped on the battlefield

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday Russian "terror" could only be stopped on the battlefield, after a residential building and energy infrastructure were hit in a new wave of attacks.

Ukraine shot down 21 out of 33 incoming missiles fired by Russia at targets across the country on Saturday, Ukraine's top commander Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Telegram.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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