Russia launches largest missile attack on Kyiv in weeks

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Russia staged its largest missile attack in weeks on Kyiv and the surrounding region today, injuring at least 17 people and damaging schools, residential buildings and industrial facilities, officials said.
The air force said its defences shot down all the inbound missiles that were fired after a 44-day pause in such attacks on the Ukrainian capital. The damage appeared to have been caused by falling debris.
“Every day and every night there is such terror. The world’s unity can stop it when it helps us with air defence systems. Now we need this defence here in Ukraine,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on the Telegram messaging app.
City and regional officials said at least 13 people were injured in different parts of Kyiv and four more in the surrounding region. An 11-year-old girl was among four people taken to hospital, city officials said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kyiv last week of launching attacks to disrupt the Russian presidential election that handed him six more years in power. The Kremlin leader said Ukraine would be punished for that.
Russia, which denies targeting civilians, invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and has launched thousands of missiles and drones on Ukrainian cities and villages in attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians.
The Ukrainian military has said Russia launched over 8 000 missiles on Ukraine in the first two years of the war.