October 10, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Tara Subramaniam, Sana Noor Haq, Ed Upright and Aditi Sangal, CNN

Updated 12:31 a.m. ET, October 11, 2022
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7:36 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Ukrainian regions suffer power outages after Russian attacks

From Olga Voitovych, Julia Kesaieva and Mia Alberti

There are power outages across multiple Ukrainian regions on Monday after they were hit by a devastating wave of Russian airstrikes, according to local officials. 

The region of Khmelnytskyi, which lies west of Kyiv, suffered a "massive missile attack," damaging one of the area’s infrastructure facilities, Serhii Hamalii, head of the region, said on Telegram. "Currently, there is no electricity supply, electric transport does not work, water supply is suspended, traffic lights do not work." 

Closer to Kyiv, two missiles were launched at Zhytomyr, Gov. Vitalii Bunechko said on Telegram. One was downed but another hit a "critical infrastructure object," Bunechko said, resulting in partial disruption to the region’s energy supply. 

East of the capital, the Poltava region in central Ukraine also announced widespread power outages.

"This morning is the most difficult in recent times. Russians are massively hitting with missiles and kamikaze drones," Dmytro Lunin, head of the regional military administration, said on Telegram.

"Now there is no electricity and water supply in Poltava ... There may be problems with electricity and water for some time, but all services are already working to restore it.

Attacks on energy facilities are a tactic of a terrorist state that can only fight against civilians," he added.

"During the last air raid, the enemy struck three times at energy infrastructure facilities in Kremenchuk district," Lunin said.

The fatal explosions across Ukraine on Monday targeted energy facilities and people, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

7:12 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Kyiv subway resumes after strikes

From Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Traffic on all subway lines in Kyiv has now resumed, according to the city's mayor.

“The train service on all lines of the metro ... has been resumed,” Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram. The subway system in the Ukrainian capital was suspended earlier on Monday due to multiple Russian strikes across Kyiv.

Kyiv’s metro stations continue to work as shelters, Klitschko said.

Numerous missile and rocket attacks shook Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities on Monday morning, killing multiple people and damaging critical infrastructure.

8:23 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

European leaders denounce Russian strikes across Ukraine

From CNN’s Eve Brennan 

Multiple European political figures have roundly condemned Russia's spate of attacks on Ukrainian cities on Monday.

“Deeply shocked by Russia’s attacks on civilians in #Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine. Such acts have no place in (the) 21st century. I condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” the European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell said. "We stand with Ukraine. Additional military support from the EU is on its way,” Borrell tweeted Monday.

“Again, Putin is massively terrorizing innocent civilians in Kyiv and other cities in [Ukraine]. (The Netherlands) condemns these heinous acts. Putin does not seem to understand that the will of the Ukrainian people is unbreakable. Ukraine remains determined, and we continue to support Ukraine,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo tweeted that the "bombardment of Kyiv and of civilian targets in many other cities is a reprehensible act by Russia. It is an unacceptable escalation of violence that strengthens Belgium's resolve in supporting the people of Ukraine and their brave fight for a free and sovereign nation.”

“Shocking images coming once again from Ukraine this morning! I strongly condemn Russian missile attacks against civilian targets and critical infrastructure in Ukraine. The only intention behind these attacks is to terrorize the civilian population. Stay strong Ukrainians!” tweeted Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. 

Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger tweeted that he condemns "today’s cowardly attacks of Russian forces on #civilians and civilian infrastructure in #Ukraine.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna also tweeted to condemn the attacks. “I condemn in the strongest terms today's indiscriminate Russian strikes against Ukrainian cities. Intentionally targeting civilian populations is a war crime,” she said. 

And Italy also reiterated its "unwavering and steadfast support for Ukraine, its people and its resilience."

The Italian foreign ministry said it was "horrified by the cowardly missile attacks which hit the center of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities." 

During a phone call with the Brothers of Italy party leader Giorgia Meloni last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed Ukraine's need for continued support from Italy after a new government is formed following the election there in September. 

6:53 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Putin threatens "harsh" reprisals after Crimea bridge attack

In a television appearance Monday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had struck military and infrastructure targets across Ukraine following the Crimea bridge blast on Saturday.

Putin threatened further "harsh" responses that correspond "to the level of threat to the Russian Federation, have no doubt about it,” while accusing Kyiv of "terrorism."

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack on the Kerch bridge, a key link between the Russian mainland and Crimea, which Moscow illegally in 2014.

6:46 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Zelensky speaks with Macron on need for "increased pressure" on Moscow following attacks

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne in Paris and Tim Lister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on October 4.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on October 4. (President of Ukraine)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he had an urgent call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, amid waves of Russian missile attacks across the country. 

"We discussed the strengthening of our air defense, the need for a tough European and international reaction, as well as increased pressure on the Russian Federation," Zelensky tweeted Monday.

Macron said France would be ready to increase support in terms of military equipment to Ukraine during the call.

The French president told Zelensky of his “extreme concerns” over the bombardment of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, which lead to the damage of critical infrastructure civilian casualties.

Macron also reaffirmed France’s full support for Ukraine. 

6:33 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Air raid alert in Kyiv is over, say Ukrainian authorities

From Victoria Butenko

The air raid alert in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv ended after nearly six hours, according to Ukrainian authorities.

The alert began at 6:47 a.m. local time (11:47 p.m. ET), and was over at 12:25 p.m (5:25 p.m. ET).

Huge blasts stunned Kyiv on Monday morning, in a series of Russian missile attacks that killed multiple people and damaged critical civilian infrastructure.

6:25 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Rescue workers are trying to pull people out from under the rubble in Kyiv

From Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

People are trapped under the remains of buildings in the Kyiv region following Monday morning’s Russian missile strikes across Ukraine's capital, according to a senior military official.

“People are under the rubble ... Rescuers and relevant services are working on the ground to save people as soon as possible,” Oleksii Kuleba, head of the regional military administration, said in a post on Telegram.

Kuleba said the attacks had damaged “critical infrastructure” and there could be “possible power outages and water supply interruptions.”

He advised residents to stock up on water and charge their cell phones.

6:19 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Moldova says Russian missiles crossed its airspace and summons ambassador

From CNN’s Jo Shelley

Several Russian missiles launched from ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldovan airspace Monday morning, according to a senior government minister.

“Three cruise missiles launched on Ukraine this morning from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova's airspace,” Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nico Popescu, said in a tweet.

“I instructed that Russia's ambassador be summoned to provide an explanation.”

Some background: Since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, the Russian-backed breakaway region of Transnistria, in Moldova, has been brought into the spotlight.

Earlier this year, a series of unexplained explosions have occurred in parts of Transnistria, sparking fears that Moscow’s war could soon stretch beyond Ukraine and create a new theater of conflict in eastern Europe.

Transnistria is unrecognized by the international community, which considers it a part of Moldova. But the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, essentially has no control over the territory, which declared itself a republic more than three decades ago.

6:17 a.m. ET, October 10, 2022

Ukraine appeals for more air defense weapons after explosions rock multiple cities

From CNN’s Jo Shelley

Emergency service personnel attend to the site of a blast on October 10, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Emergency service personnel attend to the site of a blast on October 10, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ed Ram/Getty Images)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has appealed for more air defense systems in the wake of a devastating wave of nationwide attacks launched by Russia.

Kuleba tweeted he had spoken to his Canadian counterpart and stressed that “partners should join forces to immediately provide Ukraine with air and missile defense systems."

Kuleba will cut his Africa trip short to return to Ukraine and work with Kyiv's allies to coordinate "a resolute response," he added.

The deadly explosions across Ukraine on Monday morning prompted stinging rebukes from Kyiv.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russians are "trying to annihilate us," while Kuleba called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a terrorist who talks with missiles."

CNN's Tim Lister, Josh Pennington and Julia Kesaieva contributed reporting.