- By Patrick Jackson & Oliver Slow
- BBC News
Two children and an adult were killed and a dozen others wounded in a nighttime missile attack on Kyiv, Ukrainian officials say.
Russia has been subjecting Ukraine’s capital to routine airstrikes with missiles and drones.
The latest attacks occurred in eastern Desnyanskyi and Dniprovskyi districts.
Ukrainian officials said they had details of the dead and injured based on preliminary information.
One of the children killed was between 5 and 6 years old, and the other was 12 or 13 years old, the Kyiv City Military Administration wrote in a Telegram. Both were in Desniansky district.
The fourth attack this week comes after 17 attacks in the Ukrainian capital throughout May – most at night, although at least one occurred during the day.
Pictures shared by military officials showed rescue teams tending to people and damaged buildings.
In several early-morning posts on Telegram, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said there had been a “series of explosions” in the city and that rescue workers were dealing with falling debris and fires.
14 people were injured – 9 of them were taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian shelling on a poultry farm in the occupied part of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region killed five people and wounded 19 on Wednesday.
In recent weeks, Russia — which is set to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 — has used kamikaze drones and a variety of cruise and ballistic missiles to attack targets in Ukraine.
Kyiv has been heavily targeted, with analysts believing Moscow is trying to undermine and damage Ukraine’s air defenses ahead of a protracted counteroffensive the Ukrainian government has been planning for months.