Russia launched more than 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine in the early hours of this Friday in an attack that caused minimal damage Five people died and a residential building crashed In the center of the country.
Air raid sirens went off in the capital in the first attack on the city in nearly two months, and the Ukrainian air force intercepted 11 cruise missiles and two drones over Kiev, its municipal government said.
Initial reports indicated that at least Five civilians died For attacks on Dnipro. As confirmed by the mayor, Boris Filatov, A woman and a two-year-old girl were killed by militants in Russian “precision strikes”.
Four more people were injured and houses and several commercial establishments were damaged.
In the capital, anti-aircraft defenses were operating normally after the alert was activated at 3am (local time), officials said. He also asked citizens to stay in shelters until further notice.
“According to preliminary data, 11 cruise missiles They were destroyed in Kyiv airspace. Apart from the missiles, both drones were shot down,” the town hall said in a telegram.
In addition, according to the portal ukrinformExplosions were heard in several parts of other areas.
In UmanIn a city of about 80,000 people in the center of the country, an apartment building collapsed, according to videos shown by Ukrainian media showing a large amount of debris.
“An enemy missile hit a residential complex. Information about the victims is being clarified,” regional police spokeswoman Zoya Vovk told Telegram.
Regional Governor, Igor stool, He noted that the city received two cruise missiles, one against a residential building and the other against a warehouse.
“We have five people injured and they are in hospital,” he said in a telegram.
Some debris fell on the cue Cutting the power cord and damage to a highway, officials said.
The head of Kyiv’s air defense forces, Sergui Babko, was quoted by the local administration as saying there were “no civilian casualties or damage to residential buildings or infrastructure” in the capital.
about this The first major missile attack on the Ukrainian capital since early March.
During the boreal winter, Russian attacks were concentrated Basic infrastructure and provoked Frequent cuts in distribution Electricity And running water
Ukraine has been bolstered in recent months by exports of Western air defense equipment critical to the country’s war effort. In April, it received state-of-the-art American systems The patriot.
Its capital was targeted last week The attack was carried out by 12 Iranian-made drones Eight of them were killed. The operation did not cause any casualties.
After 14 months of war, the main battle is now for control of the industrial region of Donbass in the east of the country, especially the city. Bagmuthalmost completely destroyed.
Ukraine says it has been preparing for months for a pre-emptive offensive to drive Russian forces out of territory they occupy in the east and south of the country.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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