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UPDATED: Russia launches mass missile strikes at Kyiv, Kharkiv, other cities

by Dmytro Basmat and The Kyiv Independent news desk January 23, 2024 8:05 AM 3 min read
The aftermath of Russia's missile strike against Kyiv early on Jan. 23, 2024. (State Emergency Service/Telegram)
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Editor's Note: This is a developing story. More information will be provided as more details of the attack emerge.

Russia launched a series of missile strikes on the Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, and Sumy oblasts in the early morning of Jan. 23, damaging civilian infrastructure, killing at least nine people and injuring over 80, including children, officials said.

At least 22 people, including four children, were reportedly injured in the capital, according to the latest update by the State Emergency Service published at 4:40 p.m. local time. Serhii Popko, the city's military administration head, initially reported that one woman was killed, but Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko later said that she was successfully resuscitated.

Residential buildings, a medical facility, educational institutions, and cars were damaged in Kyiv, the State Emergency Service wrote.

A large number of the victims were in Kyiv's Solomianskyi district, where the attack destroyed an entrance to a multi-story building, Klitschko reported.

In the Sviatoshynskyi district of Kyiv, parked cars caught on fire as a missile hit a residential street. The mayor later reported that a non-residential two-story building was on fire in the district.

An unexploded warhead was found in one of the Sviatoshynskyi district's apartment buildings, prompting evacuations of the residents.

Missiles also hit a non-residential building in the Pecherskyi district of the capital.

In the affected neighborhoods, electricity and water supply have been partially disrupted. Crews are working to restore service to those affected.

In the Bucha district of Kyiv Oblast, two high-rise buildings were hit, and three people were injured by falling debris, Popko said. Farm buildings and cars were also reportedly damaged in the oblast.

Russian forces also launched a massive missile strike against Dnipropetrovsk Oblast's Pavlohrad. Governor Serhii Lysak reported that a 43-year-old woman had been killed in one of the city's public squares, and another person had been injured.

Lysak added that air defenses in the area had shot down a Russian missile.

Infrastructure facilities, two schools, and eight high-rise buildings were damaged in the Pavlohrad attack, according to Lysak.

In Kharkiv, Russian attacks targeted civilian infrastructure, killing eight people, including an eight-year-old girl, and injuring around 60, including at least six children, according to the latest updates published by Ukrainian authorities.

The body of the girl was found under the rubble of a high-rise residential building damaged in the strike, Serhii Bolvinov, the head of the investigative department of the regional police, reported in the evening. She was likely the daughter of a woman previously found dead under the rubble, according to Bolvinov.

As of 7 p.m., 60 people, including six children, are known to have been injured in the strike, according to the State Emergency Service. At around the same time, Bolvinov said that 57 people were wounded.

The search and rescue operation in Kharkiv is still ongoing, which means the number of casualties may increase.

Dozens of people were hospitalized, including children aged 10 and 12, as reported by Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov. At least five people are in serious condition.

According to Syniehubov, Russian forces likely used S-300, Kh-22, and Iskander missiles in the morning attacks against Kharkiv.

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