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Russia fires 31 missiles at Kyiv in first attack in weeks; 13 hurt

Russia fires 31 missiles at Kyiv in first attack in weeks; 13 hurt

A crater created by a missile fired by Russia in Kyiv on Thursday. Reuters



Kyiv, March 21

Russia fired 31 ballistic and cruise missiles at Kyiv before dawn on Thursday in the first attack on the Ukrainian capital in 44 days, officials said. Air defences shot down all incoming missiles, though 13 persons, including a child, were injured by falling wreckage, they said.

Residents of Kyiv were woken up by loud explosions around 5 am as the missiles arrived at roughly the same time from different directions, said Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City Administration.

Ukraine’s air force said Russia launched two ballistic missiles and 29 cruise missiles against the capital.

An 11-year-old girl and a 38-year-old man were hospitalised, the city administration said. Eight other people sustained light injuries, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Ukraine’s Emergency Service said around 80 persons were evacuated from their homes.

Falling wreckage from the intercepted missiles set fire to at least one apartment building, burned parked cars and left craters in streets and a small park. Some streets were littered with debris, including glass from shattered windows.

The attack came after repeated Ukraine aerial attacks in recent days on Russia’s Belgorod region near the border with Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin had threatened on Wednesday to “respond in kind” to the attacks.

At an event in the Kremlin, Putin said Russia “can respond in the same way regarding civilian infrastructure and all other objects of this kind that the enemy attacks. We have our own views on this matter and our own plans.” — AP

EU divided over arms aid to Ukraine

  • Four Central European countries remain deeply divided over how to resolve Russia's war against Ukraine, their foreign ministers said on Thursday.
  • “Hungary has not and will not send any weapons to Ukraine,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.
  • Slovakia's view has not changed because “the conflict doesn't have a military solution,” its foreign minister, Juraj Blanar, said

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