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World - Europe Updated: January 02, 2024

Russia missile attacks on Ukraine kill one, injure several others

By TIMOTHY TIMILEHIN ENIETAN-MATTHEWS
January 02, 2024
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Russia on Tuesday rained missiles on the Ukrainian capital and other cities leaving one person dead and scores of others injured.

Reports also say downed rockets hit high-rise buildings and sparking fires, adding that more than a dozen loud explosions were heard in Kyiv on Tuesday morning as air defences worked, shaking buildings in the city centre.

The head of the military administration of the eastern city of Kharkiv, Oleg Sinegubov reported that one person was killed and more than 20 injured by “at least four strikes” that damaged multi-storey buildings and civilian infrastructure in the centre.

The Ukrainian air force had said Russia was launching Kindzhal missiles and more were heading towards the capital as well as towards the south and west.

Tuesday’s attacks come a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his forces would intensify strikes on military targets after an unprecedented Ukrainian attack over the weekend on the Russian city of Belgorod.

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The Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko also reported multiple explosions and debris from downed missiles hitting the capital.

According to Klitschko, 10 people had been injured in a multi-storey block of flats in the Solomiansky district “where a fire broke out as a result of a missile attack”.

In the Pechersk district, debris hit the roof of a nine-storey building and another multi-storey building, the military administration said.

Fires also broke out in a supermarket and a warehouse, the mayor said.

Klitschko further reported that in the city’s northern Podil district, “the territory of a civilian infrastructure facility is believed to have been hit", adding that some civilian infrastructure and residential buildings in four districts were without power and there was a temporary lack of water pressure in the supply network in some areas, while a gas pipe had been damaged in one district.

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“As soon as the security situation allows it, we will definitely restore electricity to everyone,” the city’s military administration said.

The missile attacks came after Russia on December 29 launched a wave of strikes across Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, which killed 39 people.

Moscow also hit Ukrainian cities on New Year’s Eve, with Kyiv saying it had foiled a “record” number of drones launched by Russia.

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