Early on Friday, Russia launched more than 20 ballistic missiles and two unmanned aircraft at Kyiv as well as other regions of Ukraine, killing at least eight individuals and hitting a residential building in the country’s centre, according to officials.
According to the Kyiv City Administration, air raid sirens went off throughout the nation’s capital during the first attack on the city in close to two months. Ukraine’s air force also managed to intercept 11 cruise missiles and two unmanned aerial vehicles over Kyiv.
No missiles were immediately reported to have reached targets in Kiev; however, missile or drone parts that were intercepted did damage power lines and a road in one neighbourhood. There were no recorded casualties.
However, two cruise missiles fired from Uman, about 215 kilometres (134 miles) south of Kiev, struck a nine-story private building, killing at least six people and injuring 17, according to the Ukrainian national police. According to the police, three kids were pulled from the debris.
Emergency personnel were on the scene, and local media outlets published images and videos from the multi-story structure that caught fire and lost many levels.
In response to the attacks, NATO declared that its allies and partners had provided more than 98% of the military vehicles pledged to Ukraine throughout the invasion by Russia and conflict, bolstering Kyiv’s capabilities as it considers mounting a counteroffensive.
The anticipated size of the new brigades is above 30,000 soldiers. Armoured vehicles have also been supplied by a few NATO allies, including Sweden and Australia.
While trying to establish itself as a major diplomatic player internationally, Beijing has refused to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine because the two countries are at odds over the terms of peace. Since Xi’s visit to Moscow last month, the Chinese government has viewed Russia as a diplomatic partner in the fight against American hegemony in world affairs.
Russian and Ukrainian demands for peace are very different, and Beijing has declined to condemn Moscow’s invasion despite trying to establish itself as a major player in international diplomacy. The Chinese leadership views Russia as a diplomatic partner in its fight against American influence in world affairs, and Xi recently paid a visit to Moscow.