Russia launches third massive attack on kyiv in 24 hours

At least one person died and four were injured as a result of the third Russian attack on kyiv in 24 hoursan official said, and the Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed more than 20 drones.

“The attack was massive, it came from different directions, in several waves,” Serhiy Popko, head of kyiv’s military administration, said on the Telegram messaging channel.

One person was killed when debris from a drone struck a high-rise apartment building, starting a fire, authorities said.

Two upper floors of a building in the Holosiivskyi district were destroyed and emergency services are still searching for people under the rubble. kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that four people were injured and 20 evacuated.

Photos by kyiv officials and Reuters witnesses showed flames coming out of the upper floors of the building and smoke coming from the ceiling.

Russia launched a series of attacks against the Ukrainian capital in May using a combination of drones and missiles, mainly at night to inflict psychological distress on peoplesaid the kyiv official.

According to preliminary information, the attacks on Tuesday were carried out only with Iranian-made Shahed dronessaid the kyiv military administration.

Reuters could not independently verify the report. It was not immediately known how many drones Russia launched. There was no immediate comment from Moscow on the attack.

“The enemy continues to attack the capital,” Klitschko said in a post on the Telegram message. “Explosions were heard tonight in many areas of the city.”

The falling debris hit several districts, it added, including the historic Podil and Pecherskyi neighborhoods and the Sviatoshyn district, as well as the Holosiivskyi district in southwest Kiev.

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The full extent of the damage is still being clarified, authorities said. (Reuters).

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