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Russia attacks Kyiv area for the earliest hour dated inside weeks

Russia attacks Kyiv area for the earliest hour dated inside weeks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched a missile assault on the Kyiv area for the earliest hour dated inside weeks Thursday accompanied by every one one other accompanied by pounded the northern Chernihiv neighbourhood while well, inside what Ukraine said was revenge for standing up to the Kremlin.

Ukrainian officials, meanwhile, announced a counteroffensive to lay clasp of spine the occupied Kherson neighbourhood inside the country's south, territory seized by Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces early inside the war.

Russia attacked the Kyiv neighbourhood accompanied by sextet missiles launched from the Black Sea, hitting a military part inside the village of Liutizh on the outskirts of the capital, according to Oleksii Hromov, a older official accompanied by Ukraine's General Staff.

He said that the assault ruined one building accompanied by every one one other accompanied by damaged place of set of two others, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that Ukrainian forces excessively report down one of the missiles inside the town of Bucha.

Fifteen people were wounded inside the Russian strikes, five of them civilians, Kyiv geographical Gov. Oleksiy Kuleba said.

Kuleba linked the assaults to the Day of Statehood, a commemoration that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instituted last year accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ukraine marked for the hour dated on Thursday.

"Russia, accompanied by the assist of missiles, is mounting revenge for the widespread well liked resistance, which the Ukrainians were intelligent to organize precisely since of their statehood," Kuleba told Ukrainian television. "Ukraine has by that hour dated broken Russia's plans accompanied by every one one other accompanied by will convey on accompanied by to retain protected from danger itself."

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Chernihiv geographical Gov. Vyacheslav Chaus reported that the Russians excessively fired missiles from the territory of Belarus at the village of Honcharivska. The Chernihiv neighbourhood had not been targeted inside weeks.

Russian troops withdrew from the Kyiv accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Chernihiv regions months ago following failing to capture either. The renewed strikes go nearer a day following the leader of pro-Kremlin separatists inside the east, Denis Pushilin, urged Russian forces to "liberate Russian cities founded by the Russian people — Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lutsk."

Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, excessively came under a barrage of shelling overnight, according to the mayor. Authorities said a police officer was killed inside Russian shelling of a ability plant inside the Kharkiv region.

The southern city of Mykolaiv was fired on while well, accompanied by one anthropoid actuality reported injured.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military kept up a counterattack inside the Kherson region, knocking not here of percentage a answer bridge over the Dnieper River on Wednesday.

Ukrainian media quoted Ukrainian presidential counsellor Oleksiy Arestovich while saying the operation to liberate Kherson is underway, accompanied by Kyiv's forces preparation to isolate Russian troops accompanied by every one one other accompanied by depart from them accompanied by trio options — "retreat, if possible, surrender or exist destroyed."

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Defense Council, said the Russians are concentrating greatest forces inside the way of Kherson, warning: "A extremely large-scale movement of their troops has begun."

The British military said Ukraine has used its new, Western-supplied long-range artillery to injury at least trio of the bridges across the Dnieper that Russia relies on to inside attendance accompanied by its forces.

Ukraine's presidential office said Thursday earlier to noon that Russian shelling of cities accompanied by every one one other accompanied by villages over the past 24 hours killed at least five civilians, all of them inside the eastern Donetsk province, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by wounded nine.

Fighting inside recent weeks has focused on Donetsk province. It has intensified inside recent days while Russian forces appeared to emerge from a reported "operational pause" following capturing neighboring Luhansk province.

Ukrainian crisis authorities said place of set of two civilians were killed inside a Russian bombardment of the town of Toretsk. A missile struck a residential building there early Thursday morning, destroying place of set of two floors, officials said.

"Missile extreme extreme terror again. We will not inside attendance accompanied by up. ... We will not exist intimidated," Donetsk geographical Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.

Military analysts exist convinced by Russian forces are focusing their efforts on capturing the cities of Bakhmut accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Siversk inside Donetsk province.

Zelenskyy instituted the Day of Statehood to remind Ukrainians concerning the country's history while an self-governing state. The commemoration honors Prince Vladimir, who made Christianity the official trust of the medieval condition of Kyivan Rus additional than 1,000 years ago.

The Kremlin excessively lays claim to the inheritance of Kyivan Rus. In 2016, Putin erected a monument to Prince Vladimir near the Kremlin.

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