Video: Three killed, including a mother and daughter, in Russian attack on Kyiv (Reuters)
Russia launched a new air offensive against Ukraine on Wednesday, killing a two-year-old girl in the central city of Dnipro and wounding 22 others in a bombing that hit a residential area. Meanwhile, two people were killed in shelling in a Russian border district while officials in occupied Crimea reported a drone strike.
"During the night, the body of a girl was rescued from the rubble of a house," Dnipro regional governor Serhiy Lisk said. "She just turned two years old." President Volodymyr Zelensky said it was "further proof that Russia is a terrorist state."
Meanwhile, authorities in Kyiv said they had intercepted all missiles launched overnight at the capital, which has been relentlessly bombarded in recent weeks. A spokesman for Ukraine's air force told local television that two Russian cruise missiles hit an "operational airfield" near the central city of Kropyvnytskyi. In addition, he said Iranian-made drones launched by Moscow hit infrastructure in Sumy province in the north of the country.
Civilians continue to pay the price of war. Evacuation of survivors from the rubble in Dnipro, tonight (Photo: Reuters)
Russia has stepped up its attacks on Kyiv since early last month, especially at night. Ukrainian officials describe it as an attempt to dampen the fighting spirit ahead of the counteroffensive Kyiv has been planning for months.
"For the second night in a row, the people of Kyiv do not hear explosions above them," said Sergei Popko, head of the local military administration. However, eyewitnesses reported hearing several explosions in the capital, while all of Ukraine was under air strike warnings for nearly three hours overnight.
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Many shelters in the capital are closed or out of order. Residents hide at a metro station in Kyiv, tonight (Photo: Reuters)
In Russia, the governor of the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, said two people had been killed in shelling by the Ukrainian army, which continued more intensely overnight. He said areas in Kino Volukonovsky sustained extensive damage and more than 4,000 residents were evacuated from their homes to temporary shelters.
The region has become one of the hotspots of fierce fighting in recent weeks, with Kyiv denying responsibility for shelling and widespread attacks and pointing to Russian militia forces opposed to President Vladimir Putin's rule. Last month, dozens of militants entered the province, whom Moscow described as "Ukrainian terrorists" and claimed to have killed 70 of them.
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