Russian strikes hit Ukrainian cities overnight

Russian strikes hit Ukrainian cities overnight
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Ukrainian central cities were targeted by Russian missile strikes in an overnight raid, killing at least five people.
Rescuers search for survivors in Uman, to the south of Kyiv [Getty images]

Russian missile strikes targeted several Ukrainian cities overnight including the capital Kyiv, officials said Friday.

At least five people were killed in strikes that hit the central cities of Dnipro and Uman.

While Russia regularly bombed Ukrainian cities and infrastructure last winter, the massive strikes had tailed off in recent months. Kyiv had not been targeted by missiles in more than 50 days.

Most fighting is now taking place in the east for control of the industrial Donbas region, particularly the city of Bakhmut, which has been almost completely destroyed.

Missiles "killed civilians again in the city of Dnipro", city mayor Borys Filatov said Friday on Telegram, adding: "A young woman and a three-year-old child died."

Air defence systems were also activated in Kyiv, according to local officials.

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"After a pause of 51 days, the enemy launched another missile attack on Kyiv," said local air defence forces head Sergey Popko, according to the city administration.

"According to preliminary data, 11 cruise missiles were destroyed in Kyiv airspace. In addition to the missiles, two drones were shot down."

No casualties or damage to buildings were reported.

Ukraine's air defence system has been bolstered in recent months by the delivery of Western equipment crucial to the country's war effort.

In particular, Kyiv received the sophisticated American Patriot systems in April.

While it has not faced missile barrages since early March, the capital was the target last week of an attack by 12 Iranian-made drones, eight of which were shot down without causing any casualties.

Ukraine and Russia have been fighting since Moscow's February 2022 invasion.

Ukraine says it has been preparing a counter-offensive for months, aimed at repelling Russian forces from the territory they currently hold in the east and south.