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Russia's nighttime missile attack on Kyiv leaves three dead

1 June, 2023 Thursday
14:32

On the night of June 1, Russia attacked Kyiv with Iskander missiles. Air defense destroyed all targets, but debris damaged a high-rise building, a car, and a polyclinic. Three people died, including a child 

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A warning signal sounded in the capital at 02:49, followed by a series of explosions that caused significant damage. Falling debris resulted in damaged cars, residential buildings, a police station, schools, and a polyclinic. Three people, including a child, lost their lives, and there are reports of injuries and hospitalizations.

The capital’s authorities confirmed that the enemy attacked with ballistic missiles from ground-based systems, so they were in the city shortly after the air raid alert was announced. Serhiy Popko, the head of the Kyiv city military administration emphasized the rapid speed of ballistic missiles and advised people to prepare in advance and seek shelter immediately.

The initial assessment suggests that these were cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. 

All identified airborne threats were successfully neutralized by our air defense forces and equipment.

As Espreso correspondent Dmytro Didora reported, according to Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, three people died and 16 were injured as a result of the night attack.

In the Desnyanskyi district, 10 people, including one child, sustained injuries, and seven of them required hospitalization. Three people, including a child born in 2012, lost their lives.

The residential sector suffered damages, including broken windows, doors, and a blown-off balcony due to the blast wave. Debris fell on a children's polyclinic, and two schools had broken windows and doors. The police station also suffered damage, and debris caused blown-out windows in a kindergarten.

The Kyiv City State Administration notes that the attack damaged pipelines in the area. The Kyivteploenergo utility company has localized the damage and started preparations for emergency repairs. The hot water supply to 64 residential buildings has been suspended while the work is being carried out.

In the Dniprovskyi district, three people were injured. Falling burning debris resulted in heavy smoke and blown-out windows in one residential building.

There were reports of debris falling on an administrative building, damaged parked cars, and several vehicles catching fire. Debris was found in residential yards, on roadways, and in green areas.

Nothing is reported regarding casualties in the Darnytskyi district. Falling debris caused blown-out windows in a residential building, and the hot water pipeline was damaged. Additionally, a non-residential building experienced destruction on the first floor, and debris was found in residential yards and on roadways.

In the capital, all events planned for Children's Day were also canceled.

Reaction of the international community 

EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas reacted to the attack, stating: “Children’s Day started tragically in Kyiv, where Russian air attacks killed at least 2 children early morning.” He wrote it on Twitter. 

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