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Russia launches ‘massive’ airstrikes on cities in Kiev, Ukraine

Authorities say 28 out of 30 drones were downed in the capital as air raid sirens sounded across the country.

Russia has launched a series of airstrikes across Ukraine, targeting Kiev and cities from east to west.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said that according to preliminary information, Ukraine’s air defense systems shot down 28 of the 30 Iranian-made Shahed drones that Russia launched on Tuesday.

About 20 enemy targets were identified and destroyed by Ukrainian forces and air defenses in the airspace around Kiev, Kyiv military administration chief Serhii Popko said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Another massive airstrike in the capital,” he wrote.

Air raid sirens were heard in Kiev for about four and a half hours in the early hours of the morning and for several hours in other parts of the country.

The military administration of Lviv, a city of about 700,000 people about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the border with Poland, said the blast was heard at 5 a.m. (2:00 GMT) and hit “critical infrastructure” in Russia. The city is on fire.

According to initial reports, there were no casualties.

Missile attacks also took place in the Zaporizhia region of southeastern Ukraine where the head of the military administration, Yuriy Malashko, said Russia had targeted telecommunications infrastructure as well as agricultural and agricultural property in its operations.

No casualties were reported in the Zaporizhia campaign.

The reports could not be independently verified.

There was no immediate comment from Russia.

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