Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

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A police officer stands next to part of a Russian cruise missile shot down by the Ukrainian Air Defence Forces in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, on December 16. (Head of the National Police of Kyiv region Andrii Nebytov/Telegram/Reuters)

The Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Poltava are without power on Friday after Russia launched a wave of missile strikes across the country, according to Ukrainian officials.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said “Kharkiv city is without power,” but added that some centers were open where residents could warm up and recharge their phones.

Northeastern Kharkiv was Ukraine’s second most populous city before Russia’s invasion began in February.

In the central city of Poltava, Mayor Oleksandr Mamai said: “Stay calm. We are still without electricity supply.”

Meanwhile, a residential building was hit in the central city of Kryvyi Rih, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian President’s Office.

He said “there may be people under the rubble.”

Missile attacks have been reported across Ukraine on Friday, including in Kyiv, Odesa, Zhytomyr and Sumy.


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