RUSSIA bombarded at least eight Ukrainian towns and cities yesterday in murderous revenge for the sinking of its Black Sea flagship.
Missiles rained down on Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv among others amid reports most of the 485 crew on the sunken Moskva had died.
It came as tyrant Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Russia’s war losses in personnel and equipment were “considerable”.
The attacks began with a pre-dawn blast at Darnyts’kyi, a suburb in the south of capital Kyiv.
One died and others were hurt in what the Kremlin claimed was a hit on a tank repair factory.
In a second blitz, Su-35 jets fired four cruise missiles on Lviv, thought of as a safe haven city in Ukraine’s west.
Ukraine said the weapons were shot down.
In mid-morning, a warship-launched missile landed in second city Kharkiv, killing at least one, injuring 18 and blowing out windows half a mile away.
We waded through the destruction as fire crews battled blazes and medics saw to the wounded.
Among the wreckage was the tail-end of a Kalibr cruise missile — probably launched from the Black Sea or the Sea of Azov some 200 miles to the south.
It hit what officials said was a humanitarian aid centre, blasting out walls to expose bolts of bright cloth and sewing cubicles.
Blood was visible on the walls, left by survivors as they struggled from the ruins to safety.
Seamstress Helen suffered deep cuts to her head.
A dazed bakery worker in the building next-door said of the strike: “It was one explosion and chaos.”
Close to the impact point and near burning cars, a teen lad lay unconscious in a pool of blood.
A woman was carried along nearby on a make-shift cardboard box stretcher.
Shelling continued in the Donbas region, too.