Air raid alerts, explosions: Russia attacks cities across Ukraine, at least 8 killed

Air raid sirens have sounded across Ukraine with explosions reported in capital Kyiv early on Friday. At least eight people were killed in the attack.

The city’s military administration said anti-aircraft units were in operation.

In the central town of Uman, three people were killed and eight wounded when a missile hit an apartment building, setting it ablaze, said Ihor Taburets, head of the military administration in the area, reported news agency Reuters.

In the central city of Dnipro a missile struck a house and a child and a young woman were killed, Borys Filatov, mayor of , said on Telegram. Three people were wounded in the strike.

As per Reuters, two people were wounded in the town of Ukrayinka in the Kyiv region.

Earlier reports said cities from central Ukraine to the southern Mykolaiv region had been hit by explosions.

As per the news agency Reuters, Interfax said explosions were reported after midnight in Dnipro, Kremenchuk and Poltava in central Ukraine and in Mykolaiv in the south. Interfax quoted accounts on the Telegram message service as saying unidentified airborne objects were headed for the west of the country.

The attacks on the multiple cities of Ukraine came a day after the Kremlin said it would welcome anything that could bring the end of the conflict closer, referring to a telephone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Kremlin also said that it needs to achieve the aims of its “special military operation” in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Russian forces have suffered setbacks throughout the conflict and have been trying for 10 months to punch their way into the shattered remains of Bakhmut, once a city of 70,000.

Russia sees Bakhmut as a key stepping stone to other cities in eastern Ukraine, now its major military objective.

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