For the first time since the beginning of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine's western Zakarpattia Oblast has been hit with a missile strike, the press service of the Zakarpattia Regional Military Administration reported via Telegram messenger on May 3.
Specifically, a Russian missile impacted a railway substation near the train station in the village of Volovets.
"Windows within a radius of 500m have been broken, and the missile's wreckage has damaged cars nearby,” the military administration wrote, adding that there was no concrete information about possible victims yet.
Zakarpattia Governor Viktor Mykyta said rescue teams were working at the site of the impact.
Interior Ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko, via Telegram, reported that a railway power substation had been damaged as a result of the airstrike.
"The first strike on Zakarpattia since the beginning of the war also hit railway power infrastructure," he said.
"The plan of the Russian bastards is clear. They want to try to stop the transfer of heavy weapons – artillery, tanks, armored vehicles, shells.”
Military aid to Ukraine is delivered via rail from neighboring countries, and Zakarpattia Oblast borders Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland.
Local media outlets have reported that the region has been left without power.
Late on May 3, Ukraine was struck by multiple missile attacks . Russian forces launched missiles at Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Zakarpattia, Odesa, and Donetsk oblasts.
Ukraine's Air Force Command reported that Russian Tu-95 or Tu-160 strategic bombers had launched about 18 missiles.