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Russia launched a wave of missile strikes on Friday throughout Ukrainian cities, together with the capital, authorities mentioned as they raised a nationwide air alert.

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The in a single day assaults got here days after Ukraine struck a Russian warship within the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia.

Explosions had been reported in Kyiv, metropolis mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned in a publish on Telegram.

Missiles additionally struck at the least 5 different Ukrainian cities, together with Kharkiv within the northeast, Lviv within the nation’s west in addition to Odesa within the south, the cities’ mayors and police mentioned.

“Today, at five o’clock in the morning, the fascists’ followers hit the peaceful city with S-300 missiles. 10 explosions rang out in Kharkiv. Specialised services quickly arrived at strike spots,” Kharkiv area police mentioned.

Overnight assaults had been additionally reported in Sumy and Konotop.

In southern Odesa, a high-rise constructing caught hearth after being struck by particles from a downed drone, town’s mayor mentioned.

“As a result of another enemy attack, one of the high-rise buildings was damaged. The fire was promptly extinguished,” mayor Gennady Trukhanov mentioned in a social media publish.

The assaults got here after Kremlin on Tuesday acknowledged a Ukrainian assault had broken a warship within the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia in what Ukraine and its Western allies known as a significant setback for the Russian navy.

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Ukraine has mentioned its air drive destroyed the Novocherkassk touchdown ship, with President Volodymyr Zelensky joking on social media that the vessel had now joined “the Russian underwater Black Sea fleet”.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu knowledgeable “about the damage to our large landing ship” to President Vladimir Putin in “a very detailed report”.

Russia’s defence ministry mentioned that the ship was broken by guided aerial missiles.

Ukraine’s navy mentioned its air drive destroyed the Russian naval ship in a missile assault on the japanese Crimean port.

On Thursday, Zelensky thanked the United States for releasing the final remaining bundle of weapons obtainable for Ukraine underneath present authorisation, as uncertainty surrounds additional assist to his war-torn nation.

Zelensky had warned that any change in coverage from the US – Kyiv’s most important backer – might have a powerful influence on the course of the struggle.

“I thank President Joe Biden, Congress, and the American people for the $250 million military aid package announced yesterday,” Zelensky mentioned on social media.

“To defend freedom and security not only in Ukraine and Europe but also in the United States, we must continue to respond to ongoing Russian aggression,” he mentioned.

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