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Russia launches 25 missiles on Ukraine: officials

09.05.2023 10:00
Russia conducted another wave of strikes on Ukraine overnight, firing a total of 25 missiles, 23 of which were shot down, including 15 on the capital Kyiv, all of which were destroyed by air defence systems, according to officials.

The barrage began on Monday night, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

At around 10 p.m. local time, Russian forces fired eight Kalibr cruise missiles from warships in the Black Sea, which were targeted at the eastern regions of Ukraine, The Kyiv Independent website reported, citing the Ukrainian Air Force.

All eight missiles were destroyed by Ukraine’s air defence systems, according to officials. 

At around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Russia launched seventeen X-101/X-555 cruise missiles using strategic Tu-95 aircraft from the Caspian Sea region, The Kyiv Independent reported. 

Ukraine's air defence shot down 15 of those missiles, officials said.

In all, 23 of the 25 missiles were destroyed by the Ukrainian Air Force, in cooperation with the other military units, according to the Ukrainska Pravda website.

Russia launched about 15 cruise missiles at Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, the second attack in as many days, but the city’s air defence systems shot all of them down, officials told reporters. 

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said debris fell on a house in the Holosiivskyi district in the southwest of the city, but there were no casualties and not much damage, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper reported.

Tuesday’s attacks came a day after Russia fired its biggest drone swarm yet against Ukraine, according to news outlets. 

Russia’s overnight attacks on Kyiv were an attempt by Russian forces to “try to kill as many civilians as possible” on Russia's Victory Day, said Serhiy Popko, the head of the city’s military administration.

Russia’s Victory Day on May 9 is one of the country's most commemorated public holidays, marking the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, The Guardian reported.

EU's von der Leyen visits Kyiv

Meanwhile, Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Union’s executive Commission, arrived in Kyiv by train on Tuesday morning, her fifth visit to the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of the war, the Politico news service reported.

Von der Leyen tweeted: “Good to be back in Kyiv. Where the values we hold dear are defended everyday.”

She was due to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal for discussions on ammunition production, financial support, the EU’s new sanctions plans and Ukraine’s grain exports through Solidarity Lanes, according to officials.   

Tuesday is day 440 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, The Kyiv Independent, Ukrainska Pravda, The Guardian, Politico