Ukrainian officials report Russian missile attack on Kyiv

Kyiv – A series of explosions rocked Kyiv on Saturday morning and minutes later air raid raid sirens began wailing as an apparent missile attack on the Ukrainian capital was underway.

Critical infrastructure in Kyiv has been attacked, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko told Telegram.

An unidentified infrastructure object was hit in the city and rescue services were deployed at the scene of the strike, the Kyiv City Military Administration said.

Explosions could be heard in the Dniprovskyi district, said Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko also said that fragments of a rocket fell on a non-residential area in Holosiivskyi district and a fire broke out in a building there. So far no casualties have been reported.

It was not immediately clear whether multiple facilities in Kyiv were hit or just the one reported hit. The Ukrainian capital has not been attacked with rockets since New Year’s Eve, January 1st.

In the remote Kyiv region, a residential building in the village of Kopyliv was hit and windows of nearby houses were blown out, Tymoshenko said.

According to regional governor Oleksii Kuleba, a total of 18 private houses were damaged in the region. “There are damaged roofs and windows,” but no casualties, Kuleba said in a Telegram post. He added that a fire had been contained at a “critical infrastructure facility” in the area.

Earlier on Saturday, two Russian missiles hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, the governor of the Kharkiv region reported.

Oleh Syniehubov said Russian forces fired two S-300 missiles at the Kharkiv industrial zone. The strikes targeted “energy and industrial objects in Kharkiv and the (remote) region,” Syniehubov said. No casualties were reported, but emergency power outages are possible in the city and other settlements in the region, the official said.

The attacks come amid conflicting reports on the fate of the hard-fought salt-mining town of Soledar in Ukraine’s contested east. Russia claims its forces have taken the city, a development that would mean a rare victory for the Kremlin after a series of humiliating battlefield setbacks.

Ukrainian authorities and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insist that the battle for Soledar continues.

Moscow has presented the battle for the city and nearby town of Bakhmut as key to conquering the eastern Donbass region, which includes the partially occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and as a way to crush the best Ukrainian forces and prevent them from counterattacking start elsewhere.

But that goes both ways, as Ukraine says its fierce defense of eastern strongholds helped tie down Russian forces. Western officials and analysts say the importance of the two cities is more symbolic than strategic.


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