Russia launches massive new air assault on Kyiv - officials

  • World
  • Tuesday, 30 May 2023

A residential building burns after being damaged during a massive Russian drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 30, 2023. Press service of the Kyiv City Military Administration/Handout via REUTERS

KYIV (Reuters) - Russia launched a fresh "massive" wave of attacks on Kyiv in the early hours of Tuesday and air defence systems were engaging incoming targets, city officials said, as air raid sirens blared in several other regions.

"A massive attack!" Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. "Do not leave shelters."

Kyiv's military administration officials said that air defence systems were repelling the attacks. Falling debris hit several districts of the capital, including the historic Podil and Pecherskyi neighbourhoods.

Klitschko said that a 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries in southwestern Holosiivskyi district.

Russia has repeatedly attacked the Ukrainian capital in May using a combination of drones and missiles, mostly at night in order to inflict psychological distress on people, Kyiv's official said.

The Tuesday strikes were Russia's 17th air assault on the capital this month and came after the city was attacked twice on Monday, including a rare daytime strike.

(Reporting by Valentyn Ogirenko, Dan Peleschuk and Gleb Garanich; Writing by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Stephen Coates)

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