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Russian Assault on Kyiv Causes Injuries to 53 People

In the latest escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, a residential building and a hospital in Kyiv were reportedly struck by Russian forces on Wednesday, resulting in injuries to 53 people. This marks the third significant attack on the Ukrainian capital within the past week.

Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, confirmed the strikes, stating that the nighttime assault caused destruction in the city. Despite the attack, Ukraine’s air defense systems successfully intercepted and shot down all 10 Russian missiles aimed at Kyiv at 3 a.m., as reported by the country’s air force.

This assault follows a previous incident where the Russian military targeted Kyiv with ballistic missiles and attack drones, actions that Ukraine claimed to have thwarted. Notably, this recent attack occurred just two days after President Volodymyr Zelensky departed for Washington in an effort to garner increased support for Ukraine.

The Institute for the Study of War reported that Russia utilized various munitions, including missiles, cruise missiles, and drones, in attacks on Kyiv on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Mayor Klitschko provided details of the aftermath of the latest attack, stating that an apartment building in the Dnipro district suffered damage to its facade, leading to the evacuation of 15 individuals, including four children and two people with disabilities. Additionally, a hospital building in the same district was hit, resulting in a crater on the premises and shattered windows in surrounding structures. One person was reported injured in the hospital.

In the Dnipro district, where the strikes occurred, 20 people, including two children, were hospitalized, while 33 others, including six children, received on-site treatment, Mayor Klitschko disclosed. Emergency crews are actively working to repair damage to the water system caused by rocket fragments falling onto roads. The strike also ignited fires in two houses, further adding to the destructive impact.

The recent surge in attacks on Kyiv is a cause for heightened concern as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to unfold. President Zelensky’s diplomatic efforts in Washington aimed at rallying support for his country coincide with a pattern observed in the past, where Russia seizes the opportunity of the Ukrainian president’s overseas visits to launch major offensives.

As the international community closely monitors the situation, the repeated strikes on Kyiv underscore the urgent need for a diplomatic resolution to prevent further civilian casualties and damage to infrastructure. The conflict has already triggered a humanitarian crisis, and the recent attacks highlight the vulnerability of civilians caught in the crossfire. The coming days will likely see increased diplomatic efforts to address the rapidly evolving situation and bring about a cessation of hostilities.

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