Explosion Rocks Zaporizhzhia as Russian Forces Target Industrial Infrastructure

Zaporizhzhia hit by Russian missile strike, damaging industrial infrastructure. Ukraine's air defenses intercepted some missiles, but the attack highlights the ongoing threat to critical facilities in the region.

Rizwan Shah
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Explosion Rocks Zaporizhzhia as Russian Forces Target Industrial Infrastructure

Explosion Rocks Zaporizhzhia as Russian Forces Target Industrial Infrastructure

An explosion was reported in the early hours of April 20 in Zaporizhzhia, a city in southern Ukraine controlled by Kyiv, according to Ivan Fedorov, head of the Kyiv-appointed military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region. Fedorov stated that Russian forces launched a missile attack on the city's industrial infrastructure during a nighttime rocket strike.

Anatoliy Kurtev, the acting mayor of Zaporizhzhia, confirmed that an infrastructure facility was damaged as a result of the enemy strike, but no casualties or damage to residential buildings were reported. City services are currently inspecting the affected area to assess the extent of the damage and gather more details about the attack.

The explosion occurred around 5 a.m. local time, just minutes after an air-raid warning was issued in the region. Ukraine's Air Force reported that a missile, presumably a Kh-59, was initially flying towards Poltava Oblast but later changed its course to the city of Dnipro.

Throughout the previous day, Russian forces shelled the Zaporizhzhia region 291 times, with seven settlements coming under enemy fire. The Russians conducted five airstrikes, used 32 UAVs of various modifications, and launched multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) attacks on several settlements. A total of 252 artillery strikes were recorded on the territory of multiple settlements, resulting in the destruction of 22 residential buildings, but no civilian casualties were reported.

Why this matters: The attack on Zaporizhzhia's industrial infrastructure highlights the ongoing threat posed by Russian forces to critical facilities in Ukraine, even in areas controlled by Kyiv. The targeting of industrial sites can have significant economic and security implications for the region and the country as a whole.

Mykola Oleshchuk, commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, stated that the air defense forces destroyed two enemy missiles and three reconnaissance drones during the overnight attack on April 20. The attack involved three Iskander-M ballistic missiles, two S-300/S-400 surface-to-air missiles from the Belgorod region, and two guided aviation missiles Kh-59/Kh-69 from the Black Sea waters. "The air defense system destroyed two of the guided aviation missiles," Oleshchuk said.

Key Takeaways

  • Explosion reported in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, targeted industrial infrastructure.
  • No casualties, but damage to infrastructure reported; city services assessing.
  • Attack occurred after air-raid warning, with missiles initially targeting Poltava.
  • Zaporizhzhia region shelled 291 times the previous day, with 22 buildings destroyed.
  • Air defense forces destroyed 2 missiles and 3 drones during the overnight attack.