Russia strikes targets across Ukraine with ‘massive’ missile and drone strikes | News of the Russian-Ukrainian war

Deadly early morning attacks hit Kiev and other cities, killing at least three civilians.

Ukrainian authorities said Russia fired cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and Shahed drones at targets across Ukraine, killing at least three civilians and wounding more than 10 people.

Targeted Russia At least three large cities, according to the Ukrainian military, which said it intercepted 44 of the 64 drones and missiles launched.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that two people were killed in the capital, Kiev, and one person was killed in Mykolaiv, in the south of the country.

“Another massive attack against our country. Six areas were under enemy attack. All our agencies are now working to confront the consequences of this terrorism.”

The president said that electricity was cut off in parts of Kiev, high-voltage cables were damaged, and people were trapped under the rubble.

According to Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko, 13 people were infected in Kiev, including a pregnant woman.

He added that residential buildings caught fire in several areas of Kiev.

Oleksandr Senkevich, mayor of Mykolaiv, said the attack destroyed the roofs of 20 homes and damaged gas and water pipes in the coastal city, killing one man.

In Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, a 52-year-old woman was slightly injured in an S-300 missile attack, according to regional governor Oleh Sinyhopov.

Officials said the missiles struck as far away as the Lviv region in western Ukraine, where a fire broke out.

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Agence France-Presse reported that the attacks that occurred in Kiev prompted Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, to take refuge in an air-raid shelter in the hotel where he resides.

Borrell is visiting to stress the bloc’s “steadfast support” for Ukraine as the war approaches its third year.

All 27 EU countries have agreed to an additional agreement 50 billion euros $54 billion aid package to Ukraine last week. Ukraine is in dire need of Western aid, as it suffers from a shortage of ammunition and personnel.

Although the nearly 1,500-kilometer (900-mile) front line has barely budged in recent months, Russian forces have the upper hand in stockpiles of missiles and artillery ammunition used in long-range strikes.

The latest bombing follows a pattern of attacks targeting civilians and vital infrastructure.

Vadim Velashkin, governor of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, said that Russia fires between 1,500 and 2,500 shells and missiles into the region every day.

He said that Russia had dropped 200 guided aerial bombs on the front-line town of Avdiivka over the past month and was “completely destroying” it. The town’s population dropped from 32,000 people before the war to less than 1,000 people, according to local officials.

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