Russian missile attack on Kyiv injures 53, including 6 children as Ukraine pleads for more Western help

By Stermy 7 Min Read

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, Kyiv found itself the target of a nocturnal assault from Russian ballistic missiles. The aftermath revealed a grim toll: 53 individuals, including eight children, left injured in the wake of the attack.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian president, undeterred by the assault, embarked on a diplomatic journey to Scandinavia. His mission: to garner increased international military support for his nation, a quest that had yielded no new commitments during his recent visit to Washington.

At the striking hour of 3 a.m., the tranquility of Kyiv was shattered by a cacophony of explosions, echoing the activation of the city’s air defenses for the second time in the week. Ukraine’s air force reported a salvo of 10 ballistic missiles launched by Russia towards the capital, yet all met their demise intercepted by the vigilant air defenses.

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This assault on the capital serves as a stark reminder of the persistent threat looming over Ukraine, emanating from the formidable missile arsenal wielded by the Kremlin in this 21-month-long conflict. Intelligence suggests that Russia, in recent months, has been amassing its air-launched cruise missiles from the formidable heavy bomber fleet—a concerning revelation according to a recent assessment by the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

The impending winter may herald a renewed onslaught on Ukraine’s power grid. A tactic employed by Moscow last year involved targeting energy infrastructure, a bid to deprive Ukrainians of essential utilities such as heat, light, and running water, with the intent to break their fighting spirit.

As winter’s icy grip tightens, impeding troop movements and offering little reprieve along the front lines, the significance of long-range air bombardment in this protracted conflict becomes increasingly apparent.

Compounding Ukraine’s predicament is the dwindling supply of air defense munitions and other essential ammunition. Faced with this pressing concern, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made his way to Washington on Tuesday, seeking to persuade lawmakers to greenlight President Joe Biden’s request for a substantial $61.4 billion aid package for Ukraine. Alas, the journey bore no fruit in terms of a breakthrough.

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Reflecting on the night’s ordeal on Telegram, Zelenskyy highlighted an agreement with Biden to augment the number of air defense systems in Ukraine. “The terrorist state has just demonstrated how crucial this decision is,” remarked Zelenskyy, underscoring the urgency in light of the overnight strikes.

On Wednesday, Zelenskyy convened with Nordic leaders in Oslo, a meeting of minds acutely aware of the looming threat posed by Russia in their vicinity. These leaders stand as unwavering allies, firmly in support of Kyiv’s resilience in the face of adversity.

“Russia is eager to exploit divisions,” the senior leaders from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden said in a joint statement in English. “We must continue to stand united against Russia’s illegal and immoral war.”

They vowed “comprehensive assistance” for Ukraine. “Now is not the time to tire,” the Nordic leaders said, amid signs of war fatigue among Kyiv’s foreign supporters.

“We are in a critical phase where Europe must continue to show its support,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a statement.

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In a distinct development, Latvia and Ukraine have unveiled a collaborative agreement focusing on the production of drones, a pivotal element in the ongoing conflict. Their joint commitment is articulated as an effort to “amplify Ukraine’s technological dominance” in the strategic utilization of drones.

Simultaneously, repercussions from the intercepted missiles manifested in Kyiv’s eastern Dniprovskyi district, inflicting injuries on numerous individuals, as reported by Kyiv Mayor Vitali Kitschko via Telegram. The aftermath detailed the hospitalization of twenty people, among them two children, while an additional 33 individuals received immediate medical attention on-site.

The destructive fallout extended to an apartment building, a private residence, and several vehicles engulfed in flames. Furthermore, the windows of a children’s hospital shattered under the impact. Adding to the woes, rocket debris from the intercepted missiles inflicted damage on the water supply system in the district.

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The precise nature of the missile employed in the Kyiv attack remains shrouded in ambiguity, underscoring the immediate challenges faced in deciphering the unfolding events.

“It is difficult to imagine the consequences of these attacks if we don’t have air protection,” Ukraine’s Minister of Economy, Yulia Svyrydenko, said on X, formerly Twitter. “Each attack emphasizes the urgent need for more protection, as Russia shows no intention of stopping.”

In other parts of Ukraine, 10 Russian drones were shot down, most of them in the Odesa region, the Ukrainian air force said.

Wednesday’s attack came as Zelenskyy visited Washington, where he made an impassioned plea to Congress to approve additional aid to fight Russia’s invasion.

Andriy Yermak, Zelenskyy’s chief of staff who was traveling with the president, said the interception of the missiles fired at Kyiv showed how Western support is helping Ukraine resist the Russian aggression.

“The effectiveness of Western weaponry in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers is beyond doubt,” Yermak wrote on Telegram.

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