Russia fires over 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine

In this image provided by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, firefighters work at an apartment building destroyed by a Russian attack in the town of Uman. (Photo: AP/File)

Officials say that Russia fired more than 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine early on Friday, killing at least 12 people, most of whom were killed when two missiles struck an apartment building in the country's center.

The capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, was attacked for the first time in nearly two months, although there were no reports of any targets being struck.

The city government reported that the Ukrainian air force over Kyiv intercepted eleven cruise missiles and two unmanned aerial vehicles. The assaults on the nine-story residential building in central Ukraine occurred in Uman, approximately 215 kilometers south of Kyiv.

According to Ihor Klymenko, the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, ten persons were killed in this attack. According to the Ukrainian national police, seventeen individuals were injured, and three children were rescued from the debris.

The bombardment did not reach the vast front lines or active combat zones in eastern Ukraine, where a war of attrition has been raging for years.

Throughout the 14-month conflict, Moscow has frequently launched long-range missile attacks, frequently targeting civilian areas without discrimination. Ukrainian officials and analysts have asserted that the assaults are part of a Kremlin strategy of intimidation. Russia has denied targeting civilians with its military.

Survivors of the Uman attacks described harrowing moments when missiles struck while still nighttime.

"Everything shattered, including the chandelier. Everything was covered in glass, a resident told Associated Press at the site.

"There was then a detonation... We hurriedly gathered our belongings and fled," she said.

Turina, whose spouse is on the front lines, reported that one of her child's classmates had gone missing.

She stated, "I do not know where they are or if they are still alive." "I have no idea why we must endure all of this. We never inconvenienced anyone."

According to emergency personnel, one of the 10 persons killed in the Uman attack was a 75-year-old woman in her apartment in a neighboring building who suffered internal bleeding from the blast's shockwave.

Hours after the attack, three body bags lay beside the building as smoke billowed.

Soldiers, civilians, and emergency personnel searched the debris outside for additional victims while residents dragged their belongings from the damaged structure. One woman, in tears of astonishment, was rescued by rescue personnel.

Another attack claimed the lives of a 31-year-old mother and her 2-year-old daughter in the eastern city of Dnipro, according to regional governor Serhii Lysak. Four people were injured, and a private residence and business were damaged.

In one neighborhood of Kyiv, fragments from intercepted missiles or drones damaged power lines and a road. There were no casualties reported.

According to the Kyiv City Administration, the anti-aircraft system of the city has been activated. The air raid sirens began at approximately 4:00 am, and the alert lasted approximately two hours.

The capital had not been attacked since March 9. According to Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief Commander Valerii Zalutchenko, the missiles were launched from aircraft operating in the Caspian Sea region.

He said that Ukraine intercepted 21 of the 23 Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles and both drones that were launched.

NATO announced that its allies and partner nations had delivered more than 98% of the combat vehicles promised to Ukraine during Russia's invasion and war, bolstering Kyiv's capabilities as it contemplates launching a counteroffensive.

In addition to more than 1,550 armored vehicles, 230 tanks, and other equipment, Ukraine's allies have sent "vast amounts of ammunition" and have trained and equipped more than nine new Ukrainian brigades, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Some NATO allies, including Sweden and Australia, have also contributed armored vehicles.

The overnight attacks and comments occurred as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a "long and meaningful" phone call on Wednesday, their first known contact since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than a year ago.

Although Zelenskyy was encouraged by Xi's call on Wednesday, and Western officials applauded Xi's move, it did not appear to enhance the prospects for peace.

While Beijing seeks to position itself as a global diplomatic power, Russia and Ukraine have vastly different conditions for peace, and Beijing has refused to criticize Moscow's invasion.

China views Russia as a diplomatic ally in its opposition to US influence in international affairs, and Xi visited Moscow last month.

Publish : 2023-04-28 17:19:00

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