Russia launches new attack on Ukrainian capital, official says


Pavel Polichuk and Gleb Galanich

KIEV (Reuters) – Russia fired about 15 cruise missiles at the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday. This was the second attack in days and air defense systems shot them all down, officials said.

“Like the front line, the aggressor’s plan has failed,” Kiev’s military chief, Serhiy Popko, said in a comment posted on Telegram’s messaging app.

Tuesday’s attack – the fifth in May – comes a day after Russia launched its largest fleet of drones yet in a new air campaign unleashed 10 days ago after a lull since early March. bottom.

It was also celebrated on Russia’s Victory Day, one of the most memorable holidays to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

“(They’re) trying to kill as many civilians as possible – this day,” Popko said.

He said there were no casualties in the attack carried out by cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea region, according to preliminary information.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko told the Telegram message channel that debris had fallen on houses in the Horosivsky district in southwest Kiev, adding that there were no casualties or major damage.

In the often targeted Shevchenkivsky district of central Kiev, debris was found on the road.

“Kiev has risen again and will rise again!” said Pokko.

(Additional reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Wiriting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Himani Sarkar)