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Russia resumes missile attacks on Ukraine’s capital Kiev after 2 months of peace

A missile struck Kiev on Saturday, breaking nearly two months of relative peace in the Ukrainian capital as border districts fought off drone strikes overnight, news agency AFP reported. Ukraine is bracing for a second Russian airstrike this winter, following systematic attacks on the country’s electrical grid last year that left people without heat or electricity for long periods in cold weather. “After a long pause of 52 days, the enemy resumed missile attacks on Kiev,” AFP reported, citing Sergei Popko, head of the Kiev city military administration.

He further said that the Russians launched a missile attack on the capital on Saturday morning.

During the day, AFP correspondents in downtown Kiev heard two powerful explosions and saw marks in the sky.

After some time, sirens started ringing in the air.

When asked why an alert was issued after the explosion, Air Force spokesman Yuri Ignat commented on television that “ballistic missiles fly much faster and are not as visible on radar as cruise missiles.”

The Air Force said it was investigating whether the capital was attacked by an Iskander ballistic missile or an S-400 anti-aircraft missile.

Ukraine has deployed additional Western air defense systems, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, as the country prepares for a second full winter of Russian attacks on energy infrastructure.

On 21 September, Kiev air defenses shot down a missile. Seven people were injured by falling debris, including a child.

On Saturday, there were no reports of injuries or damage in the capital.

However, according to the head of the regional military administration, two missiles struck a field between the two cities in the greater Kiev area.

“The blast wave damaged five private residential buildings. In particular, roofs and windows were broken,” Ruslan Kravchenko was quoted as saying by AFP in its report.

Meanwhile, parts of Ukraine protested against drone strikes overnight.

The air force said it shot down 19 of 31 attack drones over Moscow between Friday evening and Saturday morning (0100 GMT).

“The Russian occupiers sent most of the attack UAVs into front-line areas,” it said.

It said Russia fired several missiles overnight, but did not say whether any of them were shot down.

Ukraine has threatened to target Russian oil and gas infrastructure if Moscow continues its winter campaign of attacks on energy infrastructure.

In an interview with Politico, Energy Minister German Galushchenko said it would be “justifiable” to attack Russia’s oil and gas infrastructure if Ukraine’s power grid was repeatedly attacked.

On the ground, Ukrainian troops are facing Russian attacks near the eastern border town of Avdiivka.

“Our servicemen and women are firmly holding the line in the Avdiivka sector,” Ukrainian army commander Oleksandr Tarnavsky said.

Ukrainian officials said earlier this week they were prepared for a third round of Russian attacks, which began in Avdiivka about a month ago.

According to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin, two people were killed and eight others were wounded on the southern border of Kherson the previous day.

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