Ukraine war: Children die in a new missile attack on Kiev

Ukraine war: Children die in a new missile attack on Kiev
  • Written by Patrick Jackson and Oliver Slough
  • BBC News

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The reaction of local residents in Kyiv early on Thursday

Ukrainian officials said two children and an adult were killed, and more than a dozen people were wounded, in a new overnight missile attack on Kiev.

Russia, the Ukrainian capital, is subject to regular air attacks with missiles and drones.

The latest attacks took place in the eastern Dnipro and Dnipro regions.

Ukrainian officials said the details of the dead and injured were based on preliminary information.

The Kiev city military department wrote on Telegram that one of the dead children was between 5 and 6 years old, while the other was 12 or 13 years old. Both were in the Desnyanskyi district.

The attack is the fourth this week, and follows 17 attacks on the Ukrainian capital throughout the month of May – most of which took place at night, although at least one attack took place during the day.

Pictures released by the military authorities showed rescue teams tending to people, as well as damaged buildings.

In a number of early morning posts on Telegram, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that “a series of explosions” occurred in the city, and that rescuers were dealing with fallen debris and fires.

He said 14 people were injured – nine of whom were taken to hospital.

In recent weeks, Russia — which launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 — has used kamikaze drones as well as an array of cruise and ballistic missiles to attack targets in Ukraine.

Kiev has been heavily targeted, and analysts believe Moscow is trying to exhaust and damage Ukraine’s air defenses ahead of a long-awaited counter-attack, which the Ukrainian government has been planning for months.

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Rescuers in Kiev overnight

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A building was destroyed at a poultry farm in the Luhansk region on Wednesday

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