Two people were killed and dozens were injured following an overnight aerial barrage by Russian forces targeting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the second-largest city Kharkiv, officials said.
“Twenty-eight people were injured as a result of the strikes on Kharkiv. Unfortunately, two women aged 56 and 40 died,” the regional governor Oleg Synegubov said, while in the wider Kyiv area, officials said 13 people had been injured.
Air defence systems were repelling Russia’s missile attack, Serhiy Popko, head of the military administration in Kyiv and his counterpart in the surrounding region, said on Telegram.
A non-residential building in the capital’s Pechersk district had been damaged, one official said. Mr Popko said several cars caught fire in Sviatoshyn, west of the capital’s centre.
“Strong explosions, our house … was shaking,” MP Iryna Geraschenko said on Telegram, as Reuters witnesses reported hearing several waves of explosions in Kyiv and around it.
Police in Kharkiv said a gas pipeline was on fire as a result of the attack, and children were among the several people injured.