A new wave of Russian artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure has left about 40 percent of Kyiv residents without power.

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This was said today by the mayor of the city, Vitaliy Klitschko, while at the same time the Ukrainian military announced that they had made new progress in their counteroffensive in the east, Reuters reported.

There were air raid alerts across the country this morning.

An adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mykhailo Podoliak, said more than 120 rockets had been fired into Ukraine "to destroy critical infrastructure and to mass kill civilians."

Several loud explosions were heard in the center of the Ukrainian capital.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko urged people to charge their cellphones and stock up on water if possible.

A little later, Klitschko said that 40 percent of consumers in the capital do not have electricity, but work is being done to restore power.

Authorities also reported attacks in some locations in southern and western Ukraine.

Explosions were reported in areas 

The power supply in the Kyiv region is in a "critical state" after the Russian attacks

The Ukrainian military said today it had advanced near the strategic town of Kremina in Luhansk region.

After this city, which is now occupied by the Russians, are the larger cities of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk.

In addition, the recapture of Kremina by Ukrainian forces will allow an advance on Starobilsk, a transport hub through which the Russian army in northeastern Ukraine supplies its units.

"Our soldiers continue their offensive actions in the area of ​​the town of Cremina.

During the week, the defenders of Ukraine advanced up to 2.5 kilometers in the direction of this settlement,"

said Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov.

Earlier, the US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War said the Russian army was massing troops in the Luhansk region in preparation for a major battle.

The Ukrainian regional governor of the Luhansk region, Sergiy Gaidai, wrote in "Telegram" about the gathering of Russian troops and about heavy fighting near Kremina.

"Ukrinform" agency reported that there are 11,000 enemy soldiers and over 400 weapons and military equipment of the occupying country on training grounds in Belarus.

This was announced at a briefing by the Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov.

General Gromov said that along Ukraine's state border with Belarus, the situation remains controlled and stable.

The enemy continues to raise the level of its training by conducting exercises on Belarusian training grounds.

Gromov reported that currently the grouping of Russian troops deployed in Belarus, as well as in the Bryansk and Kursk regions of the Russian Federation, is half the size of the grouping that was activated in February for an offensive against Kyiv - 22,000 now. at 45,500 at the start of the invasion.

The Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate pointed out that even in the case of attracting all combat Belarusian military units from the composition of the ground troops and the forces for special operations, the total number will number about 30,000 people.

Gromov also said that Russia has removed from Belarusian territory all stocks of ammunition for artillery systems and for rocket launcher systems, which were transferred there on the eve of the attack on Ukraine to serve the interests of the armed forces of Russia.

According to Gromov, Minsk has limited opportunities to provide ammunition for an offensive military group on its territory.

Along with this, the control over the military airfields of Belarus is being extended and the work on additional equipment of the airfields in Machulishchi, Baranovichi and Luninets is continuing.

Machulischi is planned to become a key center for the needs of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, announced General Gromov.

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