Watch: Russia hit Kharkiv’s Thermal Power Plant 5 – Ukraine

KYIV ($1=36.94 Uukrainian Hryvnias) — The Ukrainian online portal Kyiv Post claims that the Russian armed forces have struck the Thermal Power Plant 5 [TPP] in Kharkiv. A video purportedly capturing the moment of the blast is circulating on social media.

Watch: Powerful explosion, Russians hit TPP 5 in Kharkiv - Ukraine
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The video shows a powerful explosion, after followed by a powerful shock wave, amplifying the effect of the blast. The video recorder [apparently with a cell phone] takes cover behind a fortification immediately after the shock wave occurs.

The attack was carried out on September 11, says the mayor of Kharkiv, Igor Terekhov. Immediately after the attack, the lights went out, and many neighborhoods were left without electricity and water, Terekhov added in his statement. The subway in the city immediately stopped working, and people got off the trains and ran to their homes in panic.

Electricity has been cut in almost the entire area, says the Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrillo Tymoshenko. He listed them as follows: Kharkiv, Sumy, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk region, and partially in Donetsk region.

An adviser to the presidential office, Mihailo Podoliak, said that this act was “Russian terrorism” because it was not directed against military sites, but civilians and workers at the TPP.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

Ukraine 'uses' 30 US fighters, incl F-35 and AWACS in the war
Photo credit: Emilio Morenatti/AP

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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