Ukrainian forces said Friday they shot down 36 Russian missiles and drones inside the capital Kyiv. Two people were injured by falling debris.
Russia has attacked Kyiv with about 20 missiles and drones since early May. The Kremlin says the escalation in strikes is aimed at thwarting Ukrainian preparations for a major counterattack.
An Air Force statement said its air defenses had shot down 15 cruise missiles and 21 drones. It said a wave of drones had been launched late yesterday, followed by a volley of cruise missiles as people slept at around 0300 local time, Reuters reported.
"The occupiers are not stopping their attempts to terrorise the Ukrainian capital with strike drones and missiles," it said.
Statements by Kyiv soldiers on Telegram praised the city's defense and did not report any damage or casualties.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who earlier reported two separate waves of attacks, wrote on Telegram that there had been no calls for rescue services.
In the region outside Kyiv, authorities said two people were injured as a result of falling debris, including a child.
"In addition, the falling debris damaged five private houses," the state administration said on the Telegram messaging service.
Ukraine says most of the missiles and drones used by Russian forces in the attacks have been destroyed. But Thursday's attack killed three people, including a 9-year-old girl, after a shelter in Kyiv failed to open.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said those responsible for the failure to open the shelter and local authorities who failed to provide protection could be prosecuted.
Russian officials reported more cross-border shelling from Ukraine today and said two long-range drones had attacked fuel and energy infrastructure further north in Russia but that no fires were reported there and there were no reports of injuries.
Source: Reuters - Malay Mail