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Overnight, Russia conducted yet another hefty missile attack on the Ukrainian capital.

For the second time in three days, a round of cruise missile attacks against Kyiv occurred early in the morning.

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Vladimir Putin has already ordered aircraft attacks on the city nine times this month.

Although the Ukrainian air defence was able to intercept all of the missiles, two fires were started in eastern regions by falling debris from the air raid, according to officials.

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The head of Kyiv’s civilian military administration said the attack had been launched from Russian strategic bombers over the Caspian sea.

Serhiy Popko said on Telegram that a fire had broken out in non-residential premises in the Desnyansky district, just east of the capital. 

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He provided no information on casualties.

Kyiv mayor Vitaly Klitschko, writing on Telegram, said one fire had broken out in a garage facility in the Darnitsya region of the capital – debris also fell in the Dnipro region of Kyiv. 

He said there were no casualties from either of the incidents.

Explosions also rocked several other cities across the country in the night as Russian forces continue to bombard Ukraine, with millions of people subjected to air raid alerts.

One person was killed by a Russian missile strike on an industrial facility in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa.

Two more people were wounded in the Odesa attack, military administration spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk wrote on Telegram.

Blasts were also heard in the central regions of Vinnitsa, Khmelnitsky and Zhytomyr.

On Tuesday, Ukraine said it shot down six Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, during one of the largest air attacks on the capital since the start of the Russian invasion.

Kinzhals are ballistic missiles capable of travelling at up to 10 times the speed of sound and were among a volley of 18 missiles downed over Kyiv. 

Three people were injured in the onslaught, which included a combination of drones and cruise missiles, alongside the Kinzhals.

Following the attack, Mr Popko said it was the ‘maximum number of attacking missiles in the shortest period of time’ as debris fell across several districts.

Three of Putin’s top hypersonic scientists were arrested on suspicion of high treason after the ‘undefeatable’ Kinzhals were intercepted.

The past week has seen Ukrainian forces make their biggest gains on the battlefield since last November, recapturing several square km of territory on the northern and southern outskirts of the battlefield city of Bakhmut.

Moscow has acknowledged that some of its troops have retreated but denies that its battle lines are crumbling.

Kyiv says those advances are localised and do not yet represent the full force of its upcoming counteroffensive, which is expected to take advantage of hundreds of modern tanks and armoured vehicles sent by the West this year.

A Ukrainian counteroffensive would bring the next major phase of the war after a huge Russian winter offensive that failed to capture significant new territory despite the bloodiest ground combat in Europe since World War II.


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