KYIV, Ukraine – Russia launched a series of missile attacks on Tuesday that targeted the Ukrainian capital and other cities, resulting in the death of one person and injuring dozens. The downed rockets hit high-rise buildings, sparking fires and causing significant damage across the affected areas.
In Kyiv, more than a dozen loud explosions were heard as air defenses worked to intercept the incoming missiles, shaking buildings in the city center. Meanwhile, in the eastern city of Kharkiv, at least four strikes caused extensive damage to multi-story buildings and civilian infrastructure, resulting in one fatality and over 20 injuries.
The Ukrainian air force reported that Russia had launched Kindzhal missiles towards the capital, as well as other areas in the south and west. These attacks came in response to an unprecedented Ukrainian attack on the Russian city of Belgorod over the weekend, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to announce intensified strikes on military targets.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed multiple explosions and damage from the downed missiles, with resulting fires and injuries among residents. The attacks also led to power outages, water supply disruptions, and damage to various infrastructure facilities, further escalating the impact on the affected communities.
These latest missile strikes follow a wave of previous attacks by Russia on Ukrainian cities, including a New Year’s Eve assault on Kyiv, which the Ukrainian forces managed to thwart. The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant loss of life and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure, raising concerns about the escalating situation.
In summary, Russia’s missile attacks on Ukraine have resulted in widespread destruction, casualties, and ongoing challenges for the affected communities, further exacerbating the already volatile situation in the region.