Russia fired eight ballistic missiles at kyiv early Monday, all of which were shot down, the Ukrainian Air Force said. The foiled attack still left one person injured by shrapnel and three more suffered serious stress reactions, authorities said.
A series of loud explosions echoed through Ukraine’s capital shortly after 4 a.m., when the city was under its nightly curfew, followed by air raid sirens.
Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said that in the Darnytskyi district of eastern Kiev, the remains of an intercepted missile fell without catching fire, and in other parts of the capital the blast wave damaged the windows of a house.
kyiv is routinely targeted by Russian drone and missile attacks.
Just over two weeks ago, kyiv was subject to what Ukrainian officials said It was the most intense drone attack since the start of the large-scale invasion of Russia in 2022. The Ukrainian air force said that Russia launched 75 Shahed drones of Iranian manufacture against the capital, of which 74 were destroyed by air defenses.
Monday’s attack on the capital occurred while President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in Argentina, where he attended the inauguration of the country’s new president, Javier Milei. It was the Ukrainian leader’s first official trip to Latin America as kyiv continues to seek support among developing countries for its 21-month fight against Russia’s invading forces.
Zelenskyy met with Milei and the presidents of Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador. During the inauguration ceremony, Zelenskyy could be seen exchanging words with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, widely considered one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies in Europe and one of the few European leaders who has not sided with Ukraine in the war.
In his late-night video address, Zelenskyy said he had a “very direct conversation” with Orban, “focused on our European affairs.”
He said he also spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen “about working together at the EU level and about the joint defense of Europe.”
EU leaders to meet later this week in Brussels. Orban has demanded that talks on Ukraine’s EU membership and billions of euros in funding going to kyiv be taken off the agenda.
Zelenskyy was due to travel to Washington to meet with President Joe Biden and other US officials on Tuesday.
“Volodymyr Zelenskyy will focus on ensuring unity between the United States, Europe and the world to support the defense of Ukraine against Russian terrorism and strengthen the rules-based international order and respect for the sovereignty of each nation”his office said in a statement.
Biden has asked Congress for a $110 billion ($61.4 billion) package of wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel, along with other national security priorities. But the request is caught up in a debate over immigration policy and U.S. border security.
Elsewhere in Ukraine on Monday, Russia fired 18 drones overnight and the Air Force intercepted them all, mainly over the southern Mykolaiv region.
(with information from AP)