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Russia Launches Second Missile Salvo at Ukraine: Civilian Areas Hit, Kyiv Escapes Direct Attack

Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

KYIV, Ukraine - Early Monday, Russia initiated its second large-scale missile strike on Ukraine in recent days, causing damage to buildings and wounding at least 34 individuals in the eastern city of Pavlohrad, while missing Kyiv. Ukrainian defense systems intercepted incoming missiles as air raid sirens blared throughout the capital.

Eighteen cruise missiles were launched from the Murmansk and Caspian regions, with 15 intercepted by Ukrainian forces, according to Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi. Kyiv's city administration head, Serhii Popko, confirmed that all missiles targeting the city were successfully shot down, along with some drones. Further information is expected to be released later.

Monday's attack follows a similar assault on Friday that marked the first time Kyiv was targeted in nearly two months. In the previous attack, 21 individuals, including three children, were killed when Russian missiles struck an apartment building in Uman, a city 215 kilometers (135 miles) south of Kyiv.

The recent attack wounded 34 people, including five children, in Pavlohrad, in the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region. Missiles damaged an industrial facility, 19 apartment buildings, 25 homes, six schools, and five shops in a residential neighborhood. Other regions also suffered damage to residential buildings and schools.

The missile strikes have also impacted Ukraine's power network infrastructure, with repairs expected to take several days. Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko reported that nearly 20,000 people in Kherson and the surrounding area, as well as an unspecified number of individuals in the Dnipropetrovsk region, are currently without power.

The 14-month war has seen Moscow frequently launch long-range missile attacks, often indiscriminately targeting civilian areas. Ukraine has recently acquired American-made Patriot missiles to bolster its anti-missile defenses, but it remains unclear if they were employed during Monday's attack.

Ukraine is also reinforcing its mechanized brigades with Western-supplied armor while receiving training and ammunition from its allies in preparation for a counteroffensive this spring.

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May 04, 2023

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Unknown member
May 02, 2023

Only three got through. Sounds like the Patriot System was up and running.

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