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Kyiv strikes: three die in early morning attack by Russia

Three people were killed, including two children, in an early morning air attack on Kyiv, the city’s military administration and mayor said.

After a reported 17 attacks on the Ukrainian capital in May, mostly using drones, Russian forces hit the capital in the early morning of Thursday, damaging apartment buildings and a medical clinic.

“Among the three dead in the Desnyansky district, there were 2 children (aged 5-6 and 12-13),” the city’s military administration said.

The number of injured fluctuated in preliminary reports, but the casualties still were the most from one attack in the past month.

After a woman was killed watching an aerial attack from her balcony earlier this week, Kyiv authorities urged residents to stay in shelters or other safe locations.

Ukraine’s air defences have become increasingly effective at intercepting Russian drones and missiles, but in some cases the resulting debris causes fires in buildings and on the ground.

On Wednesday, Russian forces carried out three aerial attacks over the south of Kherson region, along with missile and heavy artillery strikes on other parts of the region.

On Monday, an unusual daytime attack on the Ukrainian capital sent residents running for shelter again after overnight strikes.

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