Russia launches its biggest Ukrainian bombardment

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At least 30 people have been killed in Russia’s biggest missile bombardment of Ukraine.

More than 160 people were injured as Russia hit Kiev, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Lviv in the early hours of Friday morning.

Russia „used nearly every type of weapon in its arsenal”, with homes and a maternity hospital hit, President Zelensky said.

Ukraine’s air force said it had never seen so many missiles launched at once.

An Air Force spokesperson said Russia used hypersonic, cruise and ballistic missiles, including X-22 type, which are difficult to intercept.

The air force said 114 of 158 missiles and drones had been shot down.

Black smoke billowed from the different blast sites – including 200-metre-long warehouse in Kyiv’s Podilsky district, owned by a construction company. It had been completely hollowed out from the impact, reports the BBC.

Nine people were killed in Kiev. A metro station that was acting as an air raid shelter was also struck. Authorities say more than 10 Iranian-made Shahed drones and 15 missiles targeted previously-sheltered Lviv. A city of Konotop in Sumy Region, close to the country’s northern border, was also hit by a missile. Officials in Odessa say a high-rise building caught fire after being struck by a drone. Four people were killed and 22 were injured, including two children aged six and eight. Kharkiv, a target since the beginning of the invasion, was hit by 20 missile strikes. Kharkiv mayor Igor Terekhov said three people were killed and 13 were injured, and hospital and residential buildings were damaged.

The governor of Dnipropetrovsk region said that six people were killed and 28 were injured in what he called a „tragic morning for the region”. Serhiy Lysak said that a shopping centre and a maternity hospital were targeted in the regional capital of Dnipro. In Zaporizhzhia, eight people were killed after attacks on infrastructure and 13 people were injured.

One Russian missile even briefly entered Polish airspace as it homed in on its Ukrainian target.

The UN’s humanitarian envoy for Ukraine, Denise Brown, said the attacks „left a path of destruction, death and human suffering” and were „another unacceptable example of the horrifying reality” Ukrainian people face.

This comes a week after Ukraine destroyed a major Russian landing ship in occupied Crimea, and the US delivered the last of its approved military packages to Ukraine worth $250m.

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