Russia fires missiles at Ukraine, attacks Kiev children’s hospital | Russia-Ukraine war news

Ukrainian authorities say at least 29 people have been killed in a Russian missile barrage targeting defense facilities across Ukraine, including one that hit a children’s hospital in the capital, Kiev.

More than 60 people were injured in recent attacks which targeted at least two medical facilities, an electrical substation and homes.

Hundreds of people rushed to clear rubble from the children’s hospital, where windows were shattered and panels torn off, while stunned parents holding babies walked the streets outside, sobbing, in the rare daytime air raid.

“I was scared. I couldn’t breathe. [my baby]”They tried to cover him with this cloth so he could breathe,” Svitlana Kravchenko, 33, told Reuters.

City officials said the attack in Kiev killed 10 people and wounded at least 35. In Kryvyi Rih, 11 people were reported killed and 40 wounded in what Mayor Oleksandr Birkul called a “massive missile attack.”

No casualties were immediately announced at Ukraine’s largest pediatric hospital in Kiev, but four people were killed in an attack on another medical facility in Kiev.

Kiev city authorities reported falling debris, possibly from an intercepted missile, causing fires in several parts of the city. Heavy smoke rose from several districts of Kiev.

The governor of Donetsk region said a missile hit an industrial facility in the eastern town of Pokrovsk, killing three people.

One person was killed in the city of Dnipropetrovsk, authorities said.

Ukraine’s largest private utility, DTEK, said three substations in the capital were damaged, as well as the country’s power grid, which has already been hit by targeted Russian air strikes that began in March.

Attack before NATO summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 40 missiles of different types hit apartment buildings and public infrastructure in five cities – Kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

“Now it is very important that the world does not remain silent and that everyone knows what kind of country Russia is and what it is doing,” he said on social media.

Andriy Yermall, head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, said the attack took place at a time when many people were on the streets.

The attack came shortly after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban made a surprise visit to Beijing on Monday and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss a possible Ukraine peace deal.

A three-day NATO summit begins in Washington DC on Tuesday to consider ways to reassure Ukraine of NATO’s unwavering support.

Russia deploys advanced weapons

Ukraine’s air force said on Monday that the Russians had used one of their most advanced weapons, the Kinzhal hypersonic missile, in the daytime attack. The Kinzhal travels at 10 times the speed of sound, making it difficult to intercept. An explosion shook buildings in the city.

The Ukrainian Air Force said Russian forces used cruise, ballistic, air-to-air ballistic and guided missiles in combined attacks on Ukrainian cities, adding that it shot down 30 of 38 missiles.

Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said Ukraine’s air defenses remain inadequate and called on allies to quickly supply more systems to protect Ukrainian cities and infrastructure from regular Russian air raids.

Oleksandr Kraiyev, North American program director for Ukrainian Prism, said the Russian rockets were able to penetrate the airspace over the capital because Moscow used “several advanced technologies to jam Russian anti-aircraft systems.” [attacking] “Smaller targets”

“As we can see, Russia has again attacked medical facilities, not for the first time but after dozens of attempts… In addition, they attacked several residential buildings, destroying nearly 20 apartment buildings in Kiev alone,” he told NDMT.

Zelensky meets with Polish Prime Minister

Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw on Monday, the president’s office announced via Telegram.

After signing a security agreement with Zelensky, President Tusk said that no decisions about the future of peace in Ukraine could be made without Kiev’s opinion.

The Ukrainian president said Kiev would call for a country-specific meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the recent attacks.

The attack on Kiev was one of the most violent since the Russian invasion began in February 2022, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

In June, Russian military attacks in various Ukrainian cities killed at least 12 people, including four children.

Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilians. Its defence ministry has said its forces struck defence industrial facilities and air bases and blamed Ukrainian air defence missiles for the damage in Kiev.

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