Ukrainian officers report Russian missile assault on Kyiv

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KYIV, Ukraine — A sequence of explosions rocked Kyiv on Saturday morning and minutes later air raid sirens began to wail as an obvious missile assault on the Ukrainian capital was underway.

Important infrastructure in Kyiv was focused, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential workplace, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, mentioned on Telegram.

An unidentified infrastructure object was hit within the metropolis and emergency providers had been working on the website of the strike, Kyiv’s metropolis army administration mentioned.

Explosions had been heard within the Dniprovskyi district, a residential space on the left financial institution of the Dnieper River, Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned. Klitschko additionally mentioned that fragments of a missile fell on a non-residential space within the Holosiivskyi district on the correct financial institution, and a fireplace broke out in a constructing there. No casualties have been reported to date.

It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not a number of amenities in Kyiv had been focused or simply the one which was reported hit. The Ukrainian capital hasn’t been attacked with missiles since New Yr’s evening, Jan. 1.

Within the outlying Kyiv area, a residential constructing within the village of Kopyliv was hit, and home windows of the homes close by had been blown out, Tymoshenko mentioned.

A complete of 18 non-public homes had been broken within the area, based on regional Gov. Oleksii Kuleba. “There are damaged roofs and windows,” however no casualties, Kuleba mentioned in a Telegram submit. He added {that a} fireplace has been contained at a “critical infrastructure facility” within the area.

Earlier on Saturday, two Russian missiles hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, the governor of the Kharkiv area reported.

Oleh Syniehubov mentioned Russian forces fired two S-300 missiles on the industrial district of Kharkiv. The strikes focused “energy and industrial objects of Kharkiv and the (outlying) region,” Syniehubov mentioned. No casualties have been reported, however emergency energy cuts within the metropolis and different settlements of the area had been doable, the official mentioned.

The assaults come amid conflicting stories on the destiny of the fiercely contested salt mining city of Soledar, in Ukraine’s embattled east. Russia claims that its forces have captured the city, a growth that may mark a uncommon victory for the Kremlin after a sequence of humiliating setbacks on the battlefield.

Ukrainian authorities and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insist the struggle for Soledar continues.

Moscow has painted the battle for the city and the close by metropolis of Bakhmut as key to capturing the japanese area of the Donbas, which includes of partially occupied Donetsk and Luhansk areas, and as a strategy to grind down the perfect Ukrainian forces and forestall them from launching counterattacks elsewhere.

However that cuts each methods, as Ukraine says its fierce protection of the japanese strongholds has helped tie up Russian forces. Western officers and analysts say the 2 cities’ significance is extra symbolic than strategic.

Observe AP’s protection of the warfare in Ukraine: https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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