The Russian missile attack sent residents of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, running to bomb shelters. Photo/The Guardian
KIEV – Barrage of missile attacks Russia to the Capital Ukraine, Kyiv, on Monday afternoon made the residents run topsy-turvy to save themselves.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video of what he said was the sight of terrified schoolchildren running and screaming down the street towards a bomb shelter to the sound of air raid sirens blaring.
“This is what a normal working day looks like,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram, as quoted by The Guardian, Tuesday (30/5/2023).
The Ukrainian military said it had intercepted 11 ballistic and cruise missiles fired at the capital in the Russian offensive that began at 11:00 am. One person was reported injured.
Residents accustomed to the series of nighttime raids fled to the Kyiv metro station and other shelters after a series of loud explosions as incoming missiles were intercepted and plumes of smoke from air defenses filled the clear morning sky.
The mayor of Kyiv, which Russians call Kiev, Vitali Klitschko posted pictures on social media of what appeared to be a rocket motor flaming in the middle of a busy street.
“Another difficult night for the capital. However, thanks to the professionalism of our defenders, as a result of the barbarian airstrikes on Kiev, there was no damage or destruction of infrastructure and other objects,” he said.
The Russian attack, which used Iskander short-range ballistic missiles, came after a series of night raids on Kyiv involving Iranian-made Shahed drones and cruise missiles.
The Ukrainian Air Force said that late Sunday it shot down 37 of 40 Russian cruise missiles and 29 of 35 drones.