Russia launched a missile assault on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and the close by area for the primary time in weeks on Saturday and pounded the east and south of the nation with drones, Ukrainian officers mentioned.
Air alerts for Kyiv and a close-by area had been introduced simply minutes earlier than the explosions had been heard. Metropolis authorities urged residents to remain in shelters.
“Robust explosions had been heard on the left financial institution of the capital,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned on the Telegram messaging app, referring to the left financial institution of the river Dnipro.
It was the primary assault on Kyiv since late September.
Serhiy Popko, head of the Kyiv metropolis army administration, mentioned a Russian ballistic missile was launched towards the capital round 8 a.m. native time.
No main harm reported
“After a protracted pause of 52 days, the enemy has resumed missile assaults on Kyiv,” Popko mentioned on the Telegram messaging app. “The missile failed to achieve Kyiv, air defenders shot it down because it was approaching the capital.”
Popko mentioned there have been no casualties or main harm within the capital.
Ruslan Kravchenko, regional governor for the central Kyiv area, mentioned 5 non-public homes and several other business buildings within the space had been broken.
He mentioned two Russian missiles struck a area between settlements.
Ukraine’s air defenders additionally shot down 19 Iranian-made “Shahed” drones out of 31 launched by the Russian forces within the in a single day assault on southern and japanese areas, the air power mentioned in an announcement.
Drones strike on Friday as assets dwindle
Oleh Kiper, Odesa’s regional governor, mentioned the southern area was attacked with missiles and drones on Friday night and in a single day.
The strikes wounded three individuals and broken port infrastructure services, he mentioned with out providing additional particulars.
Russia has intensified its bombardments of Ukraine’s ports, together with Odesa, and grain infrastructure since July when Moscow pulled out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a wartime deal that enabled Ukraine’s exports to achieve many international locations dealing with the specter of starvation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited his southern army headquarters this week as he assesses the state of his nation’s forces in Ukraine and the battle drags on towards winter.
It was Putin’s second public go to to the headquarters in lower than a month. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, who’s the chief of common employees.
After virtually 21 months of preventing in Ukraine, each Russia and Ukraine’s army assets have been considerably eroded.