Mon. May 29th, 2023

New Russian airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv have been labeled as "exceptional in density" by a government official.

Russia has attacked Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, eight times so far this month.

According to Ukraine, all 18 missiles were destroyed, and video revealed that air defenses destroyed targets over the city.

According to authorities, at least three persons were hurt during the missile and drone onslaught.

In recent weeks, Russia has intensified its bombing campaign in anticipation of an anticipated Ukrainian attack.

In the ninth strike to target the nation's capital this month, the air raid alarm went out at roughly 02:30 local time (23:30 GMT Monday) and was removed two hours later.

The city center experienced an exceptionally high number of loud explosions as officials informed the populace via online communications that air defense had been activated.

Valerii Zaluzhny, the commander of Ukraine's armed forces, claimed that Russia assaulted Kyiv from the north, south, and east, employing 18 air, sea, and land-based missiles.

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The "maximum number of attack missiles in the shortest period of time" were fired during the barrage, according to Serhiy Popko, commander of the military administration in the Ukrainian capital.

The great majority of hostile targets in Kyiv's airspace, according to early reports, were found and eliminated, he said.

Six Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, about which Russia has previously stated that no air defense system in the world could destroy them, were among those mentioned by Gen. Zaluzhny. The Ukrainian assertion cannot be independently verified by the BBC.

Weapons with a maximum speed of five times the speed of sound are considered hypersonic. They travel at low altitudes, outside the line of sight of ground-based radars, and may maneuver while in flight, making them more difficult to defend against.

On social media, footage of the explosions has been spreading.

During an earlier strike on Kyiv, Ukraine claimed to have shot down a Kinzhal for the first time last week.

As missile debris dropped from the sky, locals were advised to stay away from windows.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that missile debris had landed on the city's zoo and in other key areas. No employees or animals were hurt.

The international airport is located in the Solomyansky neighborhood, which is said to have been the most impacted.

According to Mr. Popko, a fire that started in a nearby non-residential building has now been extinguished.

Residents of Kyiv Kseniia and her husband were asleep when they heard a "series of very loud explosions" over their building, she said on BBC Radio 4's Today program. She compared the force of the assault to an action movie or video game or a Star Wars episode.

She said that Ukraine is now able to locate and shoot down high-caliber missiles because of the assistance of its international friends.

"It's such a relief to know that Kyiv is currently being defended so well."

Yevhen Petrov, a different resident, claimed that the assault on Tuesday was the first time his home had been shook by an assault since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

After an interruption of more than 50 days, Russia started attacking Kyiv again earlier this month. The air defense systems, which have been incredibly successful in intercepting the majority of the missiles and drones fired, are believed to be Moscow's tactic, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

President Volodymyr Zelensky recently visited Europe where he received promises from Western allies, including as French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, of military equipment valued at several billion dollars.

Numerous cities and towns have been devastated in warfare since Russia invaded Ukraine, and almost 8.2 million Ukrainians have been registered as refugees in Europe, with 2.8 million of them in Russia. Thousands of civilians and fighters have also been killed or injured.

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