Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, experienced a severe aerial assault carried out by Russia, marking the eighth attack of its kind this month and resulting in three injuries.
Videos circulating on social media captured the air defense systems successfully intercepting and shooting down missiles above the city.
Government notifications urged people to stay away from windows due to the risk of falling debris from intercepted missiles.
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, reported that rocket remnants had landed in central districts, including the city’s zoo.
The air raid alarm was triggered at approximately 02:30 local time (23:30 GMT on Monday) and remained in effect for two hours.
A Kyiv official described the coordinated attack involving a combination of drones and missiles as unusually intense.
Serhiy Popko, the head of the military administration in the Ukrainian capital, characterized the barrage as the “highest number of missile attacks within the shortest timeframe.”
“According to preliminary information, the vast majority of enemy targets in the airspace of Kyiv were detected and destroyed,” he added.
Over the recent days, President Volodymyr Zelensky embarked on a tour across Europe, during which he received commitments from Western allies, including UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and President Emmanuel Macron of France, to provide military equipment valued at several billion dollars.
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24th of the previous year, the conflict has resulted in the loss of numerous lives and injuries among both civilians and combatants. The fighting has led to the destruction of cities and towns, while a staggering 8.2 million Ukrainians have been officially registered as refugees in Europe, with 2.8 million finding refuge in Russia.