Russia pounds Ukraine with missile and drone barrage

Kyiv was hit by one other barrage of missile assaults hours after Russia carried out a second day of in a single day strikes on the capital and different targets together with an air base in western Ukraine.

“Solely six hours after the evening assault, the aggressor nation once more launched a missile assault on Kyiv,” Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s navy administration, stated on Monday.

Popko stated the strikes had been supposed to “exhaust the assets of our air defence” as Kyiv ready to launch a counter-offensive to retake occupied jap and southern areas, which account for 18 per cent of Ukraine’s territory. The assaults got here as a Russian official stated artillery strikes had hit a number of targets in a area bordering north-east Ukraine.

“The assault on Kyiv continues. Don’t go away the shelters!” Kyiv’s mayor Vitaliy Klitschko stated on social media. Rescue staff and hearth division companies had been at a number of scenes the place rocket fragments had landed, together with a highway in Kyiv’s northern Obolon district, he added. Floor-to-air defence missiles had been noticed intercepting incoming aerial projectiles over downtown Kyiv.

The extent of harm and variety of casualties from the newest barrages weren’t instantly clear. However Ukraine’s air drive, more and more outfitted with Nato-grade air defence methods offered by western backers, stated that it had downed 37 of 40 Russian missiles fired in a single day throughout the nation and 29 of 35 Iran-supplied “kamikaze” drones.

“We’re ready for one more reinforcement from our companions of recent air defence methods,” stated Mykola Oleshchuk, commander of Ukraine’s air drive.

Rescue staff in Kyiv dampen elements of a downed missile © Kyiv Metropolis Navy Administration/Handout/Reuters

Basic Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, commander of Ukraine’s armed forces, stated Russia fired 11 missiles on Monday afternoon however “all targets had been destroyed by Ukraine’s air defence forces”. Earlier, officers in Khmelnytsky area west of Kyiv stated one strike hit an air base, damaging 5 plane and a runway.

The assaults come a day after Ukraine’s air drive stated it had intercepted 58 of 59 drones fired within the early hours of Sunday, together with 40 focusing on the capital as Kyiv’s residents ready to have fun the town’s founding.

Russia’s defence ministry has in latest days stated its forces had struck a number of navy targets, however didn’t point out the strikes on Kyiv and different areas removed from the entrance strains. Such assaults have been a function of Russia’s air marketing campaign for the reason that autumn.

An explosion lights up the sky over Ukraine’s capital
An explosion lights up the sky over Ukraine’s capital © Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine, in the meantime, has carried out a variety of cross-border assaults in latest weeks focusing on Russian infrastructure and elevating tensions about spillover results from the full-scale invasion launched by President Vladimir Putin 15 months in the past.

Viacheslav Gladkov, governor of Belgorod, on Monday stated Ukrainian artillery strikes knocked out the facility provide, broken two industrial websites and wounded 4 individuals.

The Belgorod area, about 50km from Ukraine’s second-biggest metropolis Kharkiv, has grow to be a focus for worries about Kyiv’s capability to strike inside Russian territory. Ukraine doesn’t admit to conducting such strikes however has celebrated them.

Gladkov, who voiced uncommon criticism of Russia’s defence ministry final week after two Ukraine-backed teams of far-right Russian partisans raided the area, stated the border had been insecure for a while.

“We live in a de facto state of warfare . . . It’s taking place. The enemy is intruding,” Gladkov stated, claiming that at the very least 5 Ukraine-backed militias had carried out related raids earlier than final week.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, founding father of Russian mercenary group Wagner, on Monday printed a letter to defence minister Sergei Shoigu, with strategies on learn how to strengthen Russia’s borders.

The warlord, who has sought to painting Wagner as a simpler preventing drive than the navy, stated the military wouldn’t handle to defend the border with out whole mobilisation of Russia’s reserves and added that it had sustained unspecified casualties throughout its “extraordinarily weak” response to the Belgorod raid. Russia’s defence ministry has not admitted sustaining losses from the Might 20 raid.

Gladkov stated the easiest way to cease the shelling was for Russia to annex Kharkiv — an unlikely prospect after Ukraine routed Russia’s military from the area in September.

Kharkiv’s governor stated on Monday that Russian forces had struck a village within the area known as Kivsharivka with Iskander missiles, injuring 5 individuals.

Extra reporting by Christopher Miller in Kyiv

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