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Overnight strikes hit several Ukrainian cities


Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr ZelenskyRussian missile strikes targeted several Ukrainian cities overnight including the capital Kyiv, officials said Friday.

At least two people were killed in the city of Dnipro.While Russia regularly bombed Ukrainian cities and infrastructure last winter, massive strikes had tailed off in recent months. Kyiv had not been targeted by missiles in more than 50 days.

Most of the fighting is now in the east for control of the industrial Donbas region, particularly the city of Bakhmut, which has been almost completely destroyed

Missiles “killed civilians again in the city of Dnipro”, city mayor Borys Filatov said Friday on Telegram, adding: “A young woman and a three-year-old child died.”

Air defence systems were also activated in Kyiv, according to local officials.

“After a pause of 51 days, the enemy launched another missile attack on Kyiv,” said local air defence forces head Sergey Popko, according to the city administration.

“According to preliminary data, 11 cruise missiles were destroyed in Kyiv airspace. In addition to the missiles, two drones were shot down.”

No casualties or damage to buildings were reported.

Ukraine’s air defence system has been bolstered in recent months by the delivery of Western equipment crucial to the country’s war effort.

In particular, Kyiv received the sophisticated American Patriot systems in April.

While it has not faced missile barrages since early March, the capital was the target last week of an attack by 12 Iranian-made drones, eight of which were shot down without causing any casualties.

In Uman, a central city of 80,000 inhabitants, a video broadcast by Ukrainian media showed a gutted apartment building, rubble strewn around it.

“An enemy missile hit a residential building. Information about the victims is being clarified,” Zoya Vovk, spokesperson for the regional police, said on Telegram.

According to regional governor Igor Tabourets, Uman was hit by two cruise missiles, one hitting a residential building and the other a warehouse.

“We have five wounded, they are in hospital,” he said on Telegram.

The neighbouring countries have been fighting since Moscow’s February 2022 invasion.

Ukraine says it has been preparing for months a counter-offensive aimed at repelling Russian forces from the territory they currently hold in the east and south.

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