Ukraine Repels Massive Russian Air Strike on Kyiv

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.12 - 2024 10:34 AM CET

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Ukraine's air defenses intercept a massive Russian attack on Kyiv.

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On Wednesday night, Russia launched a massive air strike on the Ukrainian capital using cruise missiles, rockets, and drones. Kyiv's air defenses managed to intercept and shoot down the incoming threats, although falling rocket fragments caused several fires around the city.

While the international reconstruction conference for Ukraine was taking place in Berlin, Germany, the Russian army launched the attack, according to a report by Der Spiegel.

Anti-aircraft fire echoed throughout the city, which is home to three million people. Air raid sirens went off twice, each lasting a total of two hours.

The Air Force reported that four cruise missiles of the Ch-101 and Ch-555 types and a Kinzhal hypersonic missile were fired at Kyiv. Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk stated that all of them were shot down.

All 24 Russian combat drones deployed over Ukraine were intercepted. However, the defenders were powerless against an Iskander-M ballistic missile aimed at the south of the country.

The military administration of the Kyiv region reported on Telegram that falling rocket debris ignited several fires outside the city. An industrial building caught fire, and a gas station, garages, and several private buildings were also damaged. One person was injured.

On Wednesday, during the second day of the Berlin conference, Germany, Ukraine, twelve other countries, and 17 development organizations collaborated to form an alliance aimed at bolstering Ukraine's resilience.

This initiative focuses on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, which are vital to Ukraine's economy, helping them withstand the war and prepare for reconstruction.