Attack on the Ukrainian Capital: Kyiv hit by Russian Missiles
Russia has continued its wave of attacks on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The Russian army fired a total of 15 missiles and 18 combat drones at Kyiv during the night, the Ukrainian military said in the morning. Ukrainian air defences intercepted all missiles.
The head of the Kyiv military administration, Serhiy Popko, also spoke of around 30 enemy objects that had been destroyed.
In his nightly video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that apart from military aid from abroad, Ukraine itself must do more to ensure the security of its citizens.
“The situation like last night in Kyiv, when people came to the shelter, and it was locked, must never happen again,” he said. It is the duty of the municipalities to ensure that the shelters are open around the clock. “It hurts to see the neglect in these commitments. It hurts to see the dead,” Zelenskyy said.
Zelenskyy also stressed that Russia’s defeat was getting closer. The summit meeting of the new European Political Community (EPG) on Thursday in Moldova was used to the maximum to mobilize aid for Ukraine and bring the defeat of the “terrorists” closer, Zelenskyy said. The time is near when Russia will be held accountable for its murders.
Meanwhile, near the Russian city of Kursk near the border with Ukraine, several Ukrainian drones were again shot down, according to the regional government. An anti-aircraft system shot down the missiles near the city, regional governor Roman Starowoit said on Twitter that night. He called on residents to keep calm: “The city is under the reliable protection of our army,” wrote the governor.
The Ukrainian army has repeatedly shelled the Russian border region of Kursk since the beginning of the war. On Thursday, the Russian military said it had repulsed an attempted “invasion” by Ukrainian units in the Belgorod region south of Kursk. According to the Defense Ministry in Moscow, motorised infantry companies escorted by tanks had tried to “penetrate” the Belgorod region from Ukraine. The attack was stopped using fighter jets and artillery.