Four individuals lost their lives, and numerous others sustained injuries as Russian missile strikes hit Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and its second-largest city, Kharkiv, as confirmed by authorities.
In Kharkiv, residential buildings in the northeastern part of the city were struck early on Tuesday, resulting in three fatalities and 42 injuries.
Among the casualties were a 40-year-old woman and a 56-year-old woman.
The mayor of Kharkiv reported the destruction of a part of a block of flats, with rescue efforts underway to locate survivors in the debris.
Kyiv also faced casualties when a block of flats caught fire and another building was damaged.
While one woman was initially reported dead, authorities later clarified that her death was unconfirmed.
Most injuries occurred in Kyiv’s central Solomianskyi and western Sviatoshynskyi districts.
The air raid in Kyiv lasted over two and a half hours, marking the longest since January 2.
Ukraine’s air force claimed to have destroyed 21 out of 41 missiles launched by Russia overnight.
Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko revealed that an undetonated missile warhead was discovered in a flat in the western part of Kyiv, prompting the evacuation of residents from the affected apartment block.
In the industrial city of Pavlohrad in the Dnipropetrovsk region, at least one person lost their life due to the missile strikes.
Ukrainian concerns about insufficient weapon support from Western allies were highlighted by Andriy Yermak, the head of the presidential administration.
In a video, he showcased the damage in Kharkiv, emphasizing the need for weapons and stating, “Kharkiv.
We are not just a ‘fortress.’ We need weapons!”
Ukrainian forces retaliated in the past week by targeting Russian energy infrastructure, launching unprecedented attacks on an oil terminal in St Petersburg, the country’s second city.
This led to disruptions for energy company Novatek, forcing a halt to some operations at its Ust-Luga Baltic Sea export complex after a fire broke out.