Russia attacks kyiv again in daylight, after nighttime bombings

Explosions rocked kyiv throughout the day on Monday as Russian ballistic missiles targeted the Ukrainian capital, hours after a more common overnight bombardment of the city by drones and cruise missiles.

Russian forces fired 11 ballistic and cruise missiles at kyiv around 11:30 a.m. (0830 GMT; 4:30 a.m. EDT), according to Ukraine’s chief of staff Valerii Zaluzhnyi. They were all shot down, he said, and puffs of white smoke could be seen in the blue sky over the city from street level.

Debris from the intercepted missiles fell on the central and northern districts of kyiv during the morning, landing in the middle of traffic on a city street and also starting a fire on the roof of a building, said the kyiv military administration. It was reported that at least one civilian was injured.

The explosions puzzled some locals, who were already under pressure after being woken up by the overnight attack.

“After what happened last night, I now react sharply to every siren. She was terrified and I’m still shaking,” shared Alina Ksenofontova, a 50-year-old woman who took refuge in the kyiv metro with her dog Bublik de ella.

The central station, Tetatralna, was packed with refugee locals.

Artem Zhyla, a 24-year-old who provides legal services abroad, took his laptop and continued to work underground.

“I heard two or three explosions, I went to the bathroom, and then I heard five or seven more explosions. That’s when I realized something terrible was going on,” she said.

Like many others in the capital, he feels exhausted and stressed. However, he has no intention of giving up and plans to attend his yoga class to recharge.

“This is certainly not enough to break us,” he said.

Russia used Iskander short-range missiles in the morning attack, the Ukrainian air force spokesman said on local television.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and First Lady Olena Zelenska released a video of what they said were frightened schoolchildren running and screaming down a Kiev street toward a bomb shelter as sirens wailed.

“This is what a normal day of the week looks like”wrote the president on Telegram.

The missiles were fired from north of kyiv, Yurii Ihnat said without specifying whether he was referring to Russian territory. kyiv is located about 380 kilometers (236 miles) from the Russian border.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it launched a series of attacks on Ukrainian airbases with long-range air-launched precision missiles early Monday morning. The attacks destroyed command posts, radar, aircraft and ammunition reserves, he said. It didn’t say anything about attacking cities or other civilian areas.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned against indifference, saying repeated attacks on civilian areas amounted to “war crimes.”

“Russia’s drone and missile attacks on peaceful Ukrainian cities cannot be seen as business as usual, no matter how frequent they grow,” he tweeted in English.

Overnight, Ukraine’s air defenses shot down more than 40 targets as Russian forces bombed Kiev with a combination of drones and cruise missiles in their 15th night attack on the capital so far this month, said Serhii Popko, chief of the Kiev military administration. .

Saturday nightkyiv was subjected to the largest drone attack since the beginning of the Russian war. At least one person died, local officials said.

The Kremlin’s long-range bombing strategy has caused many sleepless nights for Ukrainians.

In the winter, Russian forces aimed their missiles and drones at power plants and other infrastructure. The ostensible aim was to weaken Ukraine’s resolve and force the Ukrainian government to negotiate peace on Moscow’s terms, but the Ukrainians quickly and defiantly made amends.

In recent months, Ukraine has been receiving advanced air defense systems from its Western allies, improving its ability to fend off shelling by Kremlin forces.

Across the country, the Ukrainian air force said it shot down 37 of 40 cruise missiles and 29 of 35 drones launched by Kremlin forces overnight on Sunday.

At least three civilians were injured across the country in the latest wave of attacks, Ukraine’s presidential office said.

Russian missiles slammed into a military airport in Ukraine’s western Khmelnytskyi region, destroying five planes and damaging the runway, local governor Serhyi Hamaliy said on television.

The attack set fires to nearby warehouses that store fuel and military equipment, it added.

Russian shelling and airstrikes also targeted nine towns in the eastern Donetsk region, including the city of Kramatorsk, which is home to the local Ukrainian army headquarters, local governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Ukrainian television.

Elsewhere, Russian cruise missiles hit a village in the northeastern Kharkiv region, injuring six people, including two minors and a pregnant woman, local officials said.

In addition, one person was killed and nine others, including an 11-year-old boy, were injured in attacks in the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, authorities said.

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