Russia launched a massive overnight attack on Kyiv using drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in a strike that Ukraine described as “exceptional in its density.”

Three people were injured when debris from an intercepted missile fell in the Solomyansky district of the capital, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. The city's zoo was also hit by debris.

Serhiy Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, said the attack – the eighth this month – was a “complex strike from different directions” that used the “maximum number of incoming missiles in the shortest period of time.”

Air raid sirens sounded in the capital just before 2:30 am. Kyiv Post reporters in the center of the city were woken by the sound of air defense rockets launching and then a series of exceptionally loud explosions as they intercepted the Russian missiles.

Julia Tymoshenko, who works for the Saint Javelin charity, recorded some of them in a post on Twitter.

According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russia launched a total of 18 missiles including six hypersonic “Kinzhal” missiles. All were shot down.

Unveiling the Kinzhal missile in 2018, President Putin described it as "an ideal weapon" and almost impossible to intercept.

Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Twitter on Tuesday morning: "Another unbelievable success for the Ukrainian Air Forces! Last night, our sky defenders shot down SIX russian hypersonic Kinzhal missiles and 12 other missiles."

EXPLAINED: How Ukraine Could Soon Achieve a ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in the South
More on this topic

EXPLAINED: How Ukraine Could Soon Achieve a ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in the South

Western analysts have outlined three factors that need to hold true for Ukraine’s troops to make further progress in the south. Meanwhile, Russian sources sound more than a bit flustered.



The statement came just over a week after Ukraine said it had downed its first Kinzhal hypersonic missile.

Falling debris was also reported in the Shevchenkivskyi, Svyatoshynskyi, Obolonskyi, and Darnytskyi districts of the capital though no casualties have been reported at this time.

Despite all the missiles being shot down, Russia insisted on Tuesday that all the targets assigned by its military in the overnight missile barrage had been hit.

The defence ministry in Moscow said long-range precision-strike missiles had targeted storage facilities hosting "ammunition, weapons and military equipment supplied by Western countries," adding that "all assigned targets have been hit".

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here
You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Comments (2)
Jackson Tonui
This comment contains spoilers. Click here if you want to read.

Western military aid to Ukraine consists of expensive research;time to develop;Assets~military equipment and Systems!
Now with huge resources on establishment Russian president threatens to lay waste!
Why can't the alliance eliminate this threat to life,civilizations, democracy and human existence?
Putting deserve a final lesson similar WW11...
I urge Nato and its allies to take this brave move to end human catastrophe and restore peace reminiscent of American Democracy
This comment contains spoilers. Click here if you want to read.

I wonder what Putin is thinking with all his failed missions. Again he attempts an attack on Kiev and again he fails.

Tweet from the Defense of Ukraine @DefenceU
By General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine @CinC_AFU

Last night, russian terrorists attacked Ukraine with:
- 6 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles
- 9 Kalibr missiles
- 3 ground-launched missiles
- drones


Glory to the Ukrainian Air Forces!

We are grateful to our partner states for strengthening our air defense capabilities. - END TWEET

It's so good to see European nations finally stepping up and providing the necessary weapons to Ukraine. I hope it continues. I would like to see Western allies provide Ukraine with long-range precision missiles that will reach strategic targets deep into the heartland of Russia and as many F-16 fighter jets that it takes for Ukraine to win. I doubt the West is ready to do that.

Slava Ukraini!