Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian cities kill five, officials say
Russia has hit Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities with missile and drone strikes during Wednesday morning’s rush hour, killing five people, wounding more than 30, and damaging residential buildings and energy infrastructure, Ukrainian officials say.
Four people were killed when debris from a missile hit an 18-storey residential building in Golosiivskyi district in the south-west of Kyiv, causing a fire and smashing windows, officials said. One person was killed in Mykolayiv in the south.
“Another massive attack against our state. Six regions were struck by the enemy. All our services are now working to cope with the consequences of this terror,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on the Telegram messaging app.
Air defences shot down 44 missiles and drones out of 64 launched by Russia in several waves, commander of Ukraine’s armed forces Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, in Kyiv on a two-day visit to underline EU support for Ukraine, posted a picture on social media platform X from a shelter.
“Starting my morning in the shelter as air alarms are sounding across Kyiv,” he said.
Mr Borrell is discussing EU military and financial support with top Ukrainian officials, as well as Kyiv’s progress on reforms in its bid to join the 27-member bloc.
Kyiv city officials said at least 19 people were injured in different parts of the capital.
About 40 cars and a car repair shop were damaged while firefighters extinguished several fires.
Debris from a Russian missile also damaged several power lines resulting in electricity being cut-off in parts of Kyiv.
DTEK, Ukraine’s private energy company, said electricity had been restored for nearly 30,000 families using reserve capacities, and repairs to power lines were underway.
The attack also damaged two gas pipelines in Mykolayiv, state energy giant Naftogaz said.
Maksym Kozytskyi, governor for the western Lviv region, said an industrial facility in the city of Drogobych was also hit.
Oleh Synehubov, governor of Kharkiv region in north-eastern Ukraine, said Russian missiles struck non-residential infrastructure in Kharkiv city.
“We are being shelled, we endure,” Vitalii Bachynskyi, an IT worker who was taking shelter in a Kyiv metro station with his wife and two children, said.
“This is not the worst that could happen. People on the frontlines have it the worst, they have to fend off the invaders.
“We will definitely survive.
“It does not break our spirit in any way. We will wait for victory.”