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Nearly 30 Killed in Major Russian Missile Attack on Ukraine

A devastating missile attack launched by Russia on multiple Ukrainian cities on Monday has resulted in the deaths of at least 28 individuals, including children at a hospital in Kyiv.

This brazen daytime assault coincided with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s scheduled visit to Warsaw before heading to a NATO summit in Washington.

Missile Barrage Across Ukrainian Cities

The attack saw over 40 missiles targeting several major cities, including Kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Sloviansk, and Kramatorsk.

Explosions and thick black smoke were reported in Kyiv, where a children’s hospital was struck. Images from the scene depicted medical staff in blood-stained scrubs amidst the rubble.

“Russian terrorists once again massively attacked Ukraine with missiles,” President Zelenskyy stated.

He confirmed that residential buildings, infrastructure, and the children’s hospital in Kyiv were damaged in the attack.

Advanced Weaponry Used in the Assault

The Ukrainian Air Force reported that the attack included the use of Russian hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, known for their high speed and difficulty to intercept.

These missiles have been deployed sparingly due to their limited availability but were used in Monday’s deadly strike.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko noted that 66 people were injured in the capital, with 44 requiring hospitalization. The exact number of casualties at the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital remains unknown as rescuers continue to search through the debris.

Continuous Attacks and Strategic Targets

Since the onset of Russia’s invasion in February 2022, Kyiv and other cities have faced repeated missile barrages.

The recent attacks not only target civilian areas but also aim at military and infrastructure facilities, as per Russian defense claims.

The Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) identified that a KH-101 strategic cruise missile hit the Kyiv children’s hospital. Senior advisor to Zelenskyy, Andriy Yermak, highlighted that the missile contained components manufactured in NATO countries.

International Condemnation and Response

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, condemned the attacks, particularly the strike on the children’s hospital, labeling it as “unconscionable.” Ukraine’s air force reported intercepting 30 out of the 38 missiles launched.

In Kryvyi Rih, Zelenskyy’s hometown, the strikes claimed at least 10 lives and injured over 30. In Dnipro, a high-rise building, an enterprise, and a service station were damaged, with several individuals wounded.

Ongoing Conflict and Calls for More Defense Systems

Despite Russian denials of targeting civilian infrastructure, the evidence of destruction and casualties continues to mount.

Ukrainian officials have been vocal about the need for additional air defense systems from their allies to protect against Russian aerial assaults.

“This shelling targeted civilians, hit infrastructure, and the whole world should see today the consequences of terror, which can only be responded to by force,” wrote Andriy Yermak.

With information from CBS News

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