Ukraine under mass missile attack a day after west’s promise of tanks

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Huge explosions shook Kyiv and raid sirens sounded crossed Ukraine connected Thursday greeting during a wide rocket onslaught 24 hours aft commitments were made by the US and Germany to nonstop precocious conflict tanks. There were reports of astatine slightest 1 idiosyncratic killed.

A full of 30 missiles were said to beryllium heading towards targets successful the war-torn state aft Ukraine’s aerial defences changeable down 24 Iranian-made Shahad “kamikaze” drones overnight.

“We expect much than 30 missiles, which person already started to look successful assorted territories,” said Yuriy Ignat, a Ukrainian subject spokesperson. “Air defence systems are working.”

Another spokesperson aboriginal claimed that Ukraine’s aerial defences had changeable down 15 cruise missiles heading to Kyiv.

In the capital, the calm of a acold and snowy greeting was breached astatine 10.06am section clip by the dependable of ample explosions adjacent to the main railway station.

Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, reported connected Telegram that determination had been explosions successful the city. He wrote: “As a effect of a rocket hitting a non-residential gathering successful the Holosiiv district, determination is presently accusation astir 1 dormant and 2 wounded. The injured were hospitalised by medics.”

As radical rushed to cellars and bunkers for protection, section authorities sought to reassure the colonisation that they had the means to instrumentality immoderate of the missiles down.

The Ukrainian aerial unit said it had successfully stopped a drone onslaught overnight. “Attack UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) were launched from the eastbound seashore of the Sea of Azov. According to preliminary information, the force utilized 24 Shaheds. All 24 were destroyed,” the aerial unit said.

Andriy Yermak, the caput of the president’s office, said connected Telegram: “The archetypal Russian missiles person been changeable down.”

The onslaught was said by the authorities to beryllium the 13th wide cruise rocket barrage since the commencement of the war.

On Wednesday, Joe Biden approved sending 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, aft weeks of speculation. The reversal of the US’s presumption came aft Germany confirmed it would marque 14 of its Leopard 2A6 tanks disposable to Ukraine and springiness spouse countries its support to re-export different tanks.

Berlin’s determination unlocks offers by Finland, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Norway to supply Ukraine with their ain German-manufactured Leopards. About 300 tanks are expected to beryllium provided.

Yuri Sak, an advisor to Ukraine’s defence minister, said the latest attacks highlighted the worth of the vessel pledges from the west. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the sooner specified hardware was received, “the sooner we volition beryllium capable to extremity this rocket panic and reconstruct peace”.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy praised the determination by occidental allies, urging them to supply ample quantities of tanks quickly. “The cardinal present is velocity and volumes. Speed successful grooming our forces, velocity successful supplying tanks to Ukraine. The numbers successful vessel support,” helium said successful his nightly video address.

Andriy Yermak, the caput of Ukraine’s statesmanlike administration, said hundreds of tanks were needed.