There has been another air strike in Zhytomyr, city mayor Serhii Sukhomlyn said in two video messages posted to Facebook on Wednesday night.
This comes after Mr Sukhomlyn said an apartment building and a large textile factory in Zhytomyr were destroyed by Russian military air strikes on Tuesday night. There was also a Russian military attack that leveled part of a Ukrainian tank factory outside Zhytomyr on Saturday, as evidenced by geolocation video of the aftermath.
In Wednesday’s message, the mayor said, “An air strike has just been carried out. Zhytomir’s thermal power plant crashed and a civilian building. ”
During the attack on the civilian building, the mayor said an elderly woman who lived there hid in the basement and escaped with minor injuries, she is being treated at the hospital.
The mayor also said all windows had been blown out at two hospitals, including a children’s hospital, but there were no casualties and that people were in bomb shelters. Sukhomlyn added that he will be writing a letter appreciating the doctors for “a wonderful job”.
So far, there have been no casualties related to the strike on the thermal power plant but the plant “most likely” will have to be shut down, according to the mayor. The plant powers a large part of the city, he said, providing heat for 30% of Zhytomyr. Sukhomlyn said officials will do their best to get it back up and running.
Sukhomlyn said the city was turning off street lights after the Ukrainian military warned officials to do so because the Russian air force “changed its strategy” with aircraft arriving “very low.”
“We are holding on. We have one night left and we understand it can be very hot. The Russians realized they were losing on all fronts. They don’t ask for what they used to ask for anymore. We should survive and continue to hold on,” said the mayor.