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Russia launches missile attack on Kyiv, damages energy infrastructure

by Sonya Bandouil and The Kyiv Independent news desk May 31, 2024 7:35 AM 2 min read
The aftermath of a Russian missile attack on Kyiv early on May 31, 2024. (Kyiv City Military Administration/Telegram)
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During the night of May 31, Kyiv was targeted by a Russian missile attack.

Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, said in a post on Telegram that according to preliminary data, Russian forces likely used cruise missiles.

All missiles were successfully intercepted and destroyed by anti-aircraft defense.

Debris from the missiles caused a fire in a non-residential building in the Holosiivskyi district, with emergency services responding promptly.

Currently, there are no reported casualties.

A Kyiv Independent reporter in the city center was woken around 3:20 a.m. local time by an air raid alert, with reports on local Telegram channels reporting a single Shahed drone in the area.

The all clear was given 15 minutes later but a second alert sounded at 4:50 a.m. followed shortly after by an explosion in the distance.

The Kyiv City Military Administration provided an overview of the consequences of the attack around 7:40 a.m.

According to the administration's statement, the missile attack resulted in a fire that covered an area of 120 square meters and damaged a car wash, six cars, a warehouse, and a building of a car repair shop.

Missile debris also destroyed a transformer substation and damaged power lines in the Holosiivskyi municipal district, said DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy company.

The company's employees managed to restore much of the power supply by 8:10 a.m. local time, with only around 10 houses and one company building remaining without electricity.

Missile and drone attacks have increased in frequency and intensity in recent months throughout Ukraine.

The European Union's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, recently urged EU member nations to supply Ukraine with additional anti-missile systems, sounding the alarm on escalating Russian strikes.

Updated: Russian missile attacks on Kharkiv kill 3, injure 23
Russian missile attacks on the Novobavarsky neighborhood of Kharkiv, killed three people and injuring 23 others, Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported in the early hours of May 31.

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