Russian unleashes fresh missile barrage as Putin’s deranged allies demand he 'bomb Ukraine back to the 19th Century' | The Sun

DERANGED Vladimir Putin has unleashed fresh missile strikes on Ukraine as one of his top allies claimed they would bomb the country "back to the 19th century".

Several residential buildings and a medical facility were struck in the latest barrage as Russian rockets rained down on Zaporizhzhia overnight.

Blasts rang out across the southern Ukrainian city as Putin launched 12 S-300 missiles in what's feared to be the prelude to a new wave of strikes, while his cronies hit back at claims the Russian army is running low on missiles.

Explosions were also heard in the port city of Odesa and Vinnytsia along Ukraine's Black Sea coast – although it's not yet clear if there were any casualties.

And a Russian missile was shot down by a fighter jet over the capital Kyiv.

It comes as raid sirens were activated across every region in Ukraine.


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Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhia OVA, announced on Telegram: "A rocket strike from 12 S-300 rockets hit public facilities. Two rockets hit a car dealership, as a result of which one person died, a fire broke out, and the emergency services managed to put it out."

Ukrainian emergency services urged residents to stay indoors as fears mount Putin could unleash a new wave of deadly attacks on civilian hotspots.

"Warning. During the day there's a high probability of missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine. Please remain in shelters for your own safety, do not ignore air raid signals," emergency crews warned over Telegram.

They also said 19 people had been killed and 105 wounded in Monday's missile strikes.

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Harrowing footage of the disaster site in Zaporizhzhia city shows fire crews racing to evacuate people from a nearby residential building.

Meanwhile, firefighters were seen battling a massive inferno at a Skoda dealership that killed one person.

Footage shows metal sheets and the mangled body of what appears to be a civilian strewn across the ground.

Another shows an apartment block with blown-out windows.

Anatoly Kurtev, a senior member of the Zaporizhzhia 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 institution and residential buildings were also damaged. Unfortunately, there are victims."

"Russia is a terrorist country."

The fresh missile assault comes as:

  • The death toll from Russia's devastating October 10 blitz rose to 19.
  • Russia is believed to be running out of weapons and faces a "staggering" number of casualties, according to the head of the UK's GCHQ spy agency.
  • Panicked Moscow officials are reportedly planning to evacuate the families of occupying forces in Crimea after Ukraine's daring bridge raid.
  • There are fears Putin will launch a fresh ground assault to capture Kyiv after a joint task force was announced with the puppet regime in Belarus.

But analysts say Putin's latest gamble could be his last as Russia rapidly runs out of missiles.

Michael Clare, a security and defense analyst, said there was evidence Russia has an "improvised" stock of missiles.

He told Sky News: "We've seen missiles slamming into buildings which are sea-based missiles, they're anti-ship missiles carrying a half-tonne warhead against aircraft carriers.

"We've seen surface-to-air missiles meant to be anti-aircraft missiles used against ground targets. And the Russians don't have that many, it seems, Kalibr, ship-launch cruise missiles – which they are using, they used a few yesterday. 

"But, if they had more, I'm sure they would use more. The problem is that they seem to be running out of the components that they need for these things because they've been under sanction for quite a long time."

With Russia's capabilities, Ukraine can be turned into a 19th-century country

It comes as pro-Kremlin pundits speaking on Russian TV have vowed to bomb Ukraine "back to the 19th century" in the latest bombastic threat.

Putin crony Yuri Podolyaka told state-owned Channel 1 TV that Russia has a plentiful supply of missiles, and claimed that the country would be able to "sustain [Monday's] level of intensity".

He begged Vlad to "strike until the adversary begs for mercy," adding: "With Russia's capabilities, Ukraine can be turned into a 19th-century country."

Defence analyst Alexander Artamonov told the same program that Western hopes Russia would run out of missiles would never come true and claimed his country had an arsenal of at least 5,000 such deadly weapons.

It follows reports that kindergartens in at least one Russian region are running 24/7 to allow parents to work night shifts at munitions factories building Vlad's deadly weapons.

Yesterday's horrific rocket attacks on major Ukrainian cities are said to have cost Moscow between $400m and $700m, 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 stepped up the genocidal rhetoric against Ukraine, demanding the Russian president unleash "genocidal mayhem" on Europe this winter by bombing Ukraine relentlessly until it "no longer exists as a nation".

Andrei Sidorov from Moscow State University called for fresh airstrikes that would send millions of Ukrainians fleeing their homeland.

He demanded on state TV: "Why do we need hungry, cold, dirty, poor Europe?"

The academic added: "We will put Europe on 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 a further chilling threat, he went on: "The situation we’re living through right now should be handled rationally, not emotionally – and the rationale is, Ukraine as a nation should not exist."

The latest upsurge in indiscriminate Russian bombings appears to be a revenge attack following the huge blast that destroyed Kerch Bridge on Saturday.

This precision strike, allegedly ordered by Kyiv, took out the only road linking the Crimean peninsula – which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014 – with the Russian mainland.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky branded Monday's attacks "absolute evil".

He said on Telegram: "Zaporizhzhia again. Merciless strikes on peaceful people again.

"On residential buildings, just in the middle of the night."

He added that 49 people including six children were in the hospital.

"Absolute meanness," he continued. "Absolute evil. Savages and terrorists.

"From the one who gave this order to everyone who fulfilled this order. They will bear responsibility. For sure. Before the law and before people."

Terrified residents watched behind police tape as emergency crews tried to reach the upper floors of a building that collapsed from the attack leaving a smouldering chasm at least 40 feet wide where apartments had stood.

A 76-year-old resident Mucola Markovich said he and his wife hid under a blanket when they heard incoming rockets and booms from blasts.

He said: "There was one explosion, then another one. Then, in a flash, their fourth-floor apartment was gone.

"When it will be rebuilt, I don't know, he said. I am left without an apartment at the end of my life."

Dramatic footage shows rescue workers carrying a woman out of the rubble of a collapsed building.

Russian missiles also rained on Kyiv, killing at least eight and wounding 24.

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One rocket landed near President Zelensky's office while the BBC reported the missiles have hit more central areas than Russian strikes earlier in the war.

Shocking live footage shows a missile screaming across the sky before smashing into a building.

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