After 52 days, Russia launched a missile attack on Ukraine's capital Kyiv, and the nearby region for the first time in weeks on Saturday and pounded the east and south of the country with drones, Ukrainian officials said.
Serhiy Popko, head of the Kyiv city military administration, said a Russian ballistic missile was launched toward.
"After a long pause of 52 days, the enemy has resumed missile attacks on Kyiv," Popko noted on the Telegram messaging app.
"The missile failed to reach Kyiv, air defenders shot it down as it was approaching the capital," he added.
Popko said there were no casualties or major damage in the capital. Ukraine's air defenders also shot down 19 Iranian-made "Shahed" drones out of 31 launched by the Russian forces in the overnight attack on southern and eastern regions, the air force said in a statement.
The Russia-Ukraine war has been ongoing for 622 days since it began on Feb. 24, 2022, following Russian President Vladimir Putin's televised announcement of a "special military operation in Ukraine" in the early hours of that morning. According to data from the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights as of Oct. 9, 2023, the conflict has resulted in casualties, with 9,806 civilians losing their lives and 17,962 sustaining injuries between the commencement of hostilities and Oct. 8, 2023.
Source: Ihlas News Agency