Ukraine-Russia war live: Kyiv under missile attack from Putin’s forces, says mayor

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Namita Singh and Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Wed, 20 March 2024 at 11:22 pm GMT-6·30-min read
Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is under attack from Russian missiles this morning, mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.

The city’s air defence units were engaged in repelling the attack, with missile debris falling in various different parts of the capital and leading to multiple fires, he added.

The attack on Kyiv comes a day after a Russian missile hit an industrial area in Ukraine’s northern city of Kharkiv, killing five.

Later today European Union leaders are scheduled to meet in Brussels to discuss the use of billions of euros in profits from frozen Russian financial assets to buy arms for Ukraine as they try to bolster Kyiv in its fight against Moscow’s invasion.

The bloc’s 27 national leaders, joined by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky via video link, will also debate how Europe can do more to defend itself and boost its arms industry, reflecting fears that the US may not be such a staunch protector of Europe in future.

Yesterday, Mr Zelensky condemned Russia‘s “constant” attacks on Ukraine‘s northeastern region of Sumy as he claimed almost 200 bombs have been dropped over the area this month alone.

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Kyiv is under Russian missile attack, says mayor

EU leaders to discuss using profits from Russian assets to arm Ukraine

Zelensky slams Russia‘s ‘constant’ attacks on Ukraine‘s Sumy region

Ukraine and Russia trade intense cross-border strikes as air war heats up

A Russian border region reels from sustained Ukrainian artillery and drone strikes
05:49 , Namita Singh

A Russian border region being pounded by Ukrainian shelling and drones is expanding its closure of schools and colleges amid a major evacuation plan, authorities announced on Wednesday, as Kyiv’s forces extend their campaign of long-range strikes that aim to put the Kremlin under pressure.

Ukraine lacks ammunition supplies along the 1,000km front line due to a shortfall in promised Western supplies, which is one of the main factors forcing its army to take a more defensive stance. But at the same time, it is attacking oil facilities deep inside Russia and seeking to unnerve Russia’s border regions.

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